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Posted on September 4, 2018 at 11:03 AM by Jennifer Ambrose
Transportation is something that most people take for granted. If you need to go somewhere, you just hop in your car and drive there. But some residents in Lenawee County do not have access to their own personal transportation. Having access to transportation provides independence and economic opportunities, allowing people to travel from home to work, school, community programs, doctor’s appointments, retail stores or just to visit your family or friends. Public transportation can provide a sense of independence for our mobility dependent population.
Lenawee County understands the positive impact that reliable and affordable transportation can have on people’s lives. That is why we are investing in your mobility through Lenawee Transportation, which is Lenawee County’s public transportation system.
Who does Lenawee Transportation serve?
Lenawee Transportation is open to everyone in the community. Last year, they served over 50,000 riders, including individuals with disabilities and senior citizens who no longer hold a driver’s license. Some of their clients use the service daily to get to community programs such as Goodwill or the Hope Community Center. Others may use it on a one-time basis for a ride to a doctor’s appointment or a trip the grocery store. For some, Lenawee Transportation’s service provides an opportunity for someone to visit a friend.
“A lot of people think that Lenawee Transportation is only for specialized services, but that is not the case,” explains Becky Blevins, Lenawee Transportation Dispatcher. “We are open to anyone who needs a ride. As long as it is within our service area, we will do everything we can to accommodate everyone.”
What is the service area for Lenawee Transportation?
Lenawee Transportation operates Monday through Friday. Standard office hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but they start picking up residents as early as 6:15 am in order to complete their routes. The service initiates in Adrian and transports residents to following areas: Blissfield, Clinton, Hudson, Morenci, Rome and Tecumseh.
Starting in 2017, they also added a route serving the Onsted area. They offer curbside pick-up for residents of the Village of Onsted with drop-off in Adrian. For those who reside outside of the Village limits, they offer pick-up at a mutually agreed upon location within the Village limits. This route currently operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
A list of all the routes is available on the Lenawee Transportation website.
How much does it cost to ride with Lenawee Transportation?
Lenawee Transportation offers reasonable rates so anyone can afford to ride. The rates for a one-way trip are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under age 10, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Exact change is required. To make it easier for residents, they accept cash or tokens for payment. Tokens are available for purchase at the transportation department at the Adrian City Hall.
How can I contact Lenawee Transportation?
Anyone who needs to schedule a ride can call the dispatch office at 517-265-4444. Advance reservations are not always required. Same day service may be available depending on room availability and your origin and destination. It is important to call and cancel your ride if your plans change. That will open up a space for another person to ride. If you have special needs, such as a wheelchair, please let the dispatcher know so we may secure a spot for you!
Lenawee Transportation is a valuable resource that many people depend on within our community. There are also economic benefits for our community, as well. “If Lenawee Transportation did not exist, I think it would be a huge disadvantage to our county,” says Blevins. “There are not a lot of other options in our community for discounted transportation. And our fares are very fairly priced so that anyone can afford them.”
If you would like to learn more about how Lenawee County is investing in you, please visit our website for information and updates.