It was a year ago that the Central Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) provided their first ride in the Central Peninsula, and now they are doing almost 3,000 rides a month, according to executive director Kristin Lambert. "We're surprised at how busy our system has become. We have about 750 people in our intake system. We're taking people to jobs, to school, church, doctors appointments, shopping, for all kinds of purposes and for all ages from kindergartners to seniors," said Lambert.
An open house anniversary celebration was held last week at the CARTS offices and parking lot on K-Beach Rd. Community members met the CARTS staff and were impressed with the new vans that are now in service to the community. The vans are easily converted to provide wheelchair access and a front seat ride. "The system was designed by a guy in a wheelchair who wanted to be able to ride up front with his wife, it's really simple, safe, and ingenious," commented CARTS driver Betsy Hawkins.
CARTS now has four vehicles, but still leans heavily on the volunteer drive part of the program, "We are a ride matching clearing house, we have many providers out in the community and we are always looking for volunteer drivers. We reimburse at 34.5 cents a mile for any one who wants to volunteer drive," said Lambert. For a ride, or further information about the CARTS program, call 262-8900.
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