There has been much talk about the Little Kanawha Bus coming to Gilmer County this year.
First, a survey of interest was distributed by the Family Resource Network (FRN). Next, a competitive process between Gilmer and Wirt Counties began to see which county needed the bus more. Then, there was a commitment from County Commissioners to support the bus company with in-kind and monetary contributions. Finally, a driver was hired and the schedule was planned.
Now, LKB Director Darlene Crane has announced that the bus will begin making its rounds on Mon., Jan. 6.
LKB will provide "demand response" public transportation services for folks in Gilmer County. That means if you need a ride to Glenville, you call and make a reservation at least one day before the day you need to travel, and you will be picked up.
"With a simple phone call, you can reserve a ride on one of our well-maintained vehicles and be driven to your destination by a specially trained, friendly, safe and courteous LKB driver. We'll pick you up at home, school, job site or any other location within the Gilmer County service area and get you where you need to go!", their brochure promises.
Reservations should be made by 3:00 p.m. the day before you need a ride, or by 3:00 p.m. on Friday for a Monday ride.
However, you don't have to reserve a spot on the bus. The LKB can be flagged down anywhere along a regular route, provided a safe stop can be made. Furthermore, anyone can ride the bus! Children 12 and under must be with an adult and if the law requires the child to be in a car seat, you must bring one.
The LKB is wheelchair accessible and drivers are trained in passenger assistance. They also have CPR and first aid certification. LKB is also certified for non-emergency medical transportation through Medicaid. The bus will make runs to Clarksburg, Weston and Flatwoods, as well.
There are a few rules and expectations of folks using the LKB. No smoking, eating, drinking or loud music on the bus are the rules. Only service animals are permitted. Seatbelts must be worn. It is asked that riders be at the bus stop five minutes before the scheduled stop.
The fees are very reasonable. Round trip fares for travel within the county are based on mileage; the minimum fare is $1.00 and covers the first 10 miles of travel. For each additional 10 miles, there is an additional $1.00 charge. Round trips from the LKB service area to Clarksburg is $14.00 and round trip to Weston and Flatwoods require a $10.00 fare payment.
The schedule is as follows:
Start planning your trips to town around the bus service. It will save your gas and lessen wear and tear on your car. It can ease the burden on family members and friends who give you rides. It's better for the environment, too!
Call 1-866-354-5522 to schedule a ride. Learn more at http://www.littlekanawhabus.com.