The Charlotte Area Transit System’s shuttle service in Matthews and Mint Hill serves an average of 140 passengers per month, according to Ramond Robinson, a transit planner with the agency.
Robinson provided Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly with an update on the service this week, about eight months after the program began. The service got off to a slow start last year, but Robinson said he’s encouraged by the growing number of passengers. The service’s best months so far were September and December 2011, carrying about 180 passengers during each of those months, he said.
The 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 was used to buy a shuttle bus, Robinson said. But the shuttle, he said, is open to all residents who need a ride.
The shuttle runs Tuesday through Friday 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:20 p.m. and includes stops at:
• Levine Senior Center in Matthews
• Windsor Square shopping center in Matthews (near PetSmart)
• Mint Hill Festival shopping center in Mint Hill (driveway off N.C. 51)
• 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
• Outside CVS Pharmacy in Mint Hill (on Matthews-Mint Hill Road)
• Outside Pine Lake Family Physicians (on Matthews-Mint Hill Road)
• Outside Mint Hill Primary Care (on Matthews-Mint Hill Road)
• Intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill and Reid Harkey roads in Matthews
The shuttle costs 70 cents one way or 35 cents one way for seniors – ages 62 and older – and the disabled. Service can deviate for pickups up to three-quarters of a mile from the route with advanced notice.
If you have questions or suggestions for future shuttle stops, call 704-336-7433(RIDE).