Beginning June 6, residents will be able to get around to shopping centers and activities in Matthews and Mint Hill using a shuttle service funded, in part, by a federal grant.
The Charlotte Area Transit System received a $500,000, two-year federal grant to improve its service to residents – specifically seniors and those with disabilities. Part of that money, about $50,000 a year, will run the Matthews-Mint Hill area shuttle service and $166,000 will buy a 15-passenger shuttle bus, Ramond Robinson, a transit planner with the agency said. But the shuttle, he said, is open to all residents who need a ride.
The shuttle will run Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. and include stops at:
• Levine Senior Center in Matthews
• Windsor Square shopping center in Matthews
• Sycamore Commons shopping center in Matthews
• Mint Hill Festival shopping center in Mint Hill
• Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care in Mint Hill
• Lawyers Glen Assisted Living Center in Mint Hill
• Mecklenburg County Park and Ride bus stop off Sam Newell Road in Matthews
The stops will also serve as new spots where residents can catch a transit bus to connect to other bus routes.
Cost is 70 cents one way or 35 cents one way for seniors and the disabled.
Officials are currently considering expanding the service to four days a week, Robinson said, and other changes, such as adding more stops, could be implemented based on user feedback.
If you have questions or suggestions for future shuttle stops, call 704-336-7433(RIDE).