Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer
January 22, 2013
A new circulating bus route in Elkin is gaining traction, and it only costs $1.
YVEDDI started the Elkin Circulator bus, which makes a loop around Elkin every hour. The exact route is currently being accessed by YVEDDI, as they continue with efforts to develop the most practical way to expand its services and help the community.
“We start at the municipal parking lot in downtown Elkin and travels up Main Street to Johnson Ridge Road,” said coordinator Mitzi Hutchens. “We proceed to Walmart, then back to Food Lion, Goody’s, the Elkin Center of Surry Community College, Colonial Village, and back to Town Hall.
“It’s a continuous loop,” said Hutchens, who indicated some people are even using the bus to go back and forth to work.
Community transportation is one of many services operated by YVEDDI, a private non-profit corporation designated as the local Community Action Agency for the four counties it serves; Yadin, Wilkes, Surry, Davie. In addition to transportation, YVEDDI also provides services in the areas of education, health and nutrition, support for victims and prevention of domestic abuse, and weatherization.
The Circulator also meets up with the Connector bus which goes to Dobson (community college) and then up to Mt. Airy (only $2 each way) three times per day.
For exact locations and to pinpoint the exact time the bus will be near your neighborhood, The Tribune recommends that you call YVEDDI at 679-2073. The Circulator is still a pilot program in development.
YVEDDI officials say that the organization director of transportation’s, Jeff Cockerham, is strongly looking at reaching residents of neighboring Jonesville.
“If that bus can take me to Walmart so I can do a bit of shopping, just sign me up,” said Angela White, a retired teacher who is new to Jonesville.
The Circulator starts at 7 a.m. from Monday through Friday with the last run at 5:30 p.m.
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