How to schedule a ride
• Call 1-866-543-6744
• Enter point of origin on the keypad of your telephone.
• The call will be transferred to a dispatcher serving the caller’s area.
• A dispatcher will collect information from the caller and schedule the trip.
• The rider will be contacted before the trip and given a pick-up time.
Transit system guidelines
• Trips must be scheduled at least 24-hours in advance.
• Service is provided on a first-come, first served basis.
• Coastal Regional Coaches cannot guarantee daily availability nor arrival at the same time every day, so it’s not conducive to shift work.
The transportation system currently has a fleet of about 60 buses that take people to and from locations in Liberty, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. The program made 73 trips for area residents last month, 38 of them in Liberty County.
“This is going to be a work in progress,” said Barbara Hurst, director of transportation services with the Coastal Regional Commission. “We know it will adjust according to the ridership.”
Hurst said now that they are nailing down more details and their fleet is growing (they will soon have about 90 buses), their main goal is to increase ridership.
The system costs riders $3 to board a bus and an additional $3 every time the bus crosses another county line. Hurst said a round trip to Savannah, for example, would cost riders $18: $3 to board in Liberty County, $3 to cross into Bryan County and $3 to cross into Chatham, then double it for a round trip.
The buses take people directly to their desinations, which Hurst said is good for elderly people who often need to go to different counties for medical treatments.
“It’s available to anyone that wishes to use public transit,” Hurst said.
The director said she’s excited to start collaborating with the local transit system, which is coming soon to Hinesville.
Coastal Regional Coaches operates Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., excluding holidays.
The system is funded by all the participating counties. Liberty County is currently scheduled to contribute $26,300 for fiscal year 2010.