New Bus Service Gives Mingo County a Lift

By: Carrie Jones Email
By: Carrie Jones Email

DELBARTON, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Hitching a ride could become an old habit around Mingo County, now that a new bus service is giving folks a way to get where they need to go.

A ribbon cutting was held Sunday to welcome Tri River Transit to Mingo County.

County Commissioners, city officials and the Mingo County Housing Authority helped push for the new 15 passenger bus.

County Commissioner David Baisden says all the hard work has been for the people.

"We have a lot of elderly people that don't have access to get to the doctor and get to the grocery store to pick up their medicine," Baisden said

The bus can now take them where they need to go as it will make stops in Delbarton, Gilbert, Kermit, Matewan, and Williamson.

Growing up in Delbarton, Ronald Washington knows all too well the areas transportation problems. His father once worked for the county on the Economic Development Board.

"One of the things I remember as a little boy is how he talked about how hard it was for people to get around," said Washington. "I'd say my dad is probably looking down right now and has a smile on his face because he really worked hard for the county."

Washington is also facing some transportation issues of his own.

"Right now my car is broke down so I will definitely be taking advantage of it," Washington said.

The Tri River Transit is a pretty cheap ride, costing only $1.00 each way.

"With the economic situation of our country right now, it's pretty beneficial because its something everyone can utilize regardless of economic status, " said Commission President John Hubbard.

The routes officially start on Monday. For more information you can call Tri River Transit at 1-877-212-0815.

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