RAINELLE – Those without transportation in Western Greenbrier County may soon have more than their own two feet to get around.
The Mountain Transit Authority is starting routes through Greenbrier County on July 1, and it's been a long time coming.
“It was dead in the water for a while,” says Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton, “Then Fayetteville wasn't able to get theirs, so there was this money left for us to do this.”
The bus will make four round trips from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. running through Rainelle, Lewisburg, and everywhere in between.
“The bus is available to people of all ages. It is ADA-compliant, so we're available for just about anybody,” says MTA spokesperson and driver Stacey Treadway.
Residents in Rainelle aren't out in droves just yet, but drivers expect once these routes start rolling and the doors fly open, they'll all be dying for a seat.
One vital stop the bus makes is at health clinics and hospitals, giving people access to care they cannot currently access.
“They don't get treatment; that's hard to believe,” says Mary Surbaugh of Rainelle Medical Clinic, “They just put off their health because they don't have the treatment.”
Grocery stores, swimming pool, golf course, school, anything. You can get around town in this bus.
But there’s one even larger benefit that Surbaugh points out.
“I think with the gas going up this is also going to be a very wonderful asset to people's wallets.”
For more information on the bus routes, visit MTAWV.com.