October 4, 2005
High gas prices may mean a rate increase for Columbia County Public Transit. Commissioner will consider a plan to increase fares to help get them back on budget.
The Curb-to-Curb transit service saves lives. Daisy Ramsey Roberts can’t live without it.
“If I didn’t have the service, I don’t know what I’d do, probably die,” Daisy said.
She gets dialysis several times a week. She can’t get herself there because of a medical condition that causes her to suddenly and instantly fall asleep. Another problem, her 11-year-old grandson is autistic and needs therapy.
Fred Partlow has Muscular Dystrophy and rides the bus every weekday. He couldn’t afford an extra four hundred eighty dollars a year.
“I’ll have to keep calling cause I don’t have no other source of transportation,” Fred said.
Public Transit Manager Jeff Asmann says gas prices and county growth are to blame.
“We’ve had a marked increase. As the county has grown, so has our service,” Jeff said.
And that’s just one bus. Columbia County Transit gives about 1,800 rides a month. 87-year-old bus driver James Logan has been doing this for fifteen years.
“I love people,” James said.
He loves helping people so much, he has only missed two days of work. Daisy is thankful for that.
“This is my way of going and doing what I need to do for me,” Daisy said.
No matter the price, Daisy will keep riding. The service is available to everyone in Columbia County and most in Richmond County. All you have to do is call Public Transit one business day in advance, and they will take you where you need to go.
Riders over 60 pay $4 round trip, and that may increase to $5. Riders under 60 pay $6 round trip and may have to pay $8. Children under 12 pay $1 and that won’t change.