It is also a critical lifeline of support and compassion for hundreds of Cullman County residents.

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day In Cullman County

Cullman County has one of the most impressive transportation systems in the State of Alabama. It is truly one of the county’s best kept secrets. It is also a critical lifeline of support and compassion for hundreds of Cullman County residents.

It is called C.A.R.T.S. (Cullman Area Rural Transportation System).

Perhaps the best way to understand what C.A.R.T.S. is/does is by visual explanation and example:

.   C.A.R.T.S. began in 1983 as the creative inspiration of Mary Henry. Mary started C.A.R.T.S. with one single, used bus and just a handful of riders.   Fast forwarding to 2015, under the leadership of Director Joyce J, Echols, C.A.R.T.S. manages 38 different transportation vehicles which provide almost 3,500 unique rides per month to Cullman citizens in need of affordable transportation.   That mathematically translates to roughly 160 rides per day.   36 out of their 38 vehicles are equipped with accessible lifts.   . Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day C.A.R.T.S. also maintains a staff of 40 employees whose duties range from vehicle maintenance to dispatching to administration to bus driving and beyond. When you visit their main office/terminal located at 1950 Beech Avenue SE, you will find it be one of the most cohesive, positive and focused offices environments in the County.   To grasp the true benefit of C.A.R.T.S. for Cullman County residents, hearing them tell the story in their own words is best:

 


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Costs To Ride?

We mentioned earlier C.A.R.T.S. was affordable. Well, it is actually super affordable. Here is their simple cost breakdown for ‘On-Demand Riders’ running Monday through Friday of each week:

$2.00 each way – for rides of 0 to 7 miles

$4.00 each way – for rides of 7 to 15 miles

$6.00 each way – for rides 15 miles or more

50% OFF the above prices – if you are 60+ years old or you are disabled

Riders get to schedule three (3) stops per day for the prices above. It is $1.00 per additional stop after the first 3.

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day

Weekly Shopping Routes

C.A.R.T.S. also has a simple and convenient weekly Shopping Route Schedule for area residents as well. Depending upon your location in the county C.A.R.T.S. will pick you up on a specific day of the week and take to various shopping centers and/or stores.

Here is the weekly Shopping Route Schedule:

Monday: Vinemont and Gold Ridge areas

Tuesday: Holly Pond, Welti and Berlin areas

Wednesday: Cold Springs, Dodge City and Good Hope areas

Thursday: Baileyton, Gold Ridge, Fairview, Joppa and Simcoe areas

Thursday: Hanceville, Colony, Garden City and White City areas

Friday: Crane Hill, Logan, West Point and Jones Chapel areas

 

The Cost for your Shopping Route?

$3.00 round-trip – .50 cents for each additional stop

 

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day

So How Do You Become A C.A.R.T.S. Rider and Schedule Your Pick-up?

Simple = Call 256-734-1246

You will need to call before 2:30 pm before the day of your desired ride

NOTE: There are NO bus pick-up after 2:30 pm. It all happens between 6:30 am and 2:30 pm.

 

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day

More About C.A.R.T.S.

C.A.R.T.S. is funded by rider fares, Alabama Department of Transportation the FTA Section 5311 Program, and Cullman County Commission.

The Cullman County Commission voted last week to approved C.A.R.T.S. proposed fiscal year 2016 budget ($1,300,400) following a Public Hearing at the Cullman County Courthouse.

C.A.R.T.S. is part of a larger organization called The Alabama Rural Transportation Assistance Program (ALTRANS). This program is made up of 29 providers throughout the state.

 

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day

 

Public Transportation Happens 160 Times A Day In Cullman County

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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