HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Coast Transit Authority wants to make getting around a lot easier for senior citizens. CTA launched a new program aimed at helping seniors maintain their independence.
Janet Mauffray and her caregiver Linda Jackson ride the bus from her home in the Kiln to the Waveland to shop. They make their purchases then ride the bus back home again.
Mauffray said, "I get on the bus and go to Walmart."
"The only other transportation she has is Medicaid and that's only for doctors," said Jackson. "So this gives her an opportunity to go out and do shopping for herself which in other case she would just be sitting at home. "
The Handy Ride Transportation service is open to all Hancock County residents who are either disabled or who are age 60 or over. Handy Ride replaces another service that was strictly for the disabled which CTA decided to do away with because of low usage.
"The Hancock County Board of Supervisors really wanted us to continue some type of service for people with disabilities," said CTA Director Kevin Coggin. "We saw this as a way to up the usage of the service and open it up to senior citizens, as well as people with disabilities. We were already traveling in the rural part of Hancock County, so it just made sense to open it to a broader part of the community."
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, riders can make appointments to travel anywhere in Hancock County for whatever purpose.
"I think that's a good idea," said Jackson. "They need to because there's a lot out there that don't have transportation that need to get around and shop for themselves. This gives them an opportunity to get out and pick up what they want rather than have someone else go get it for them. "
CTA officials said the price of the fare depends on the distance traveled, but averages about $4 one way. To schedule trips call 1-866-206-8843.