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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

Shuttle Service Available to All Residents

Posted 7/27/2017

By BLAKE SPURNEY

HESSTON RECORD STAFFHarvey County Interurban Transportation BusHarvey County Interurban Transportation Bus

 

Many Hesston senior citizens use the services of Harvey Interurban for medical appointments, grocery shopping and even an occasional field trip.

Yet, many Harvey County residents might not be aware that the transportation service is available to all residents. Fees are set up on a sliding scale, depending on need, and Interurban’s buses and minivans will take passengers to any adjoining county. For instance, a trip to and from Wichita typically costs $20. The only other requirement is that one must provide at least 24 hours notification.

Robert Carlton, director of the Harvey County Department on Aging and Senior Services, said Interurban typically went to Wichita twice a day. Towne East Square on the east side of Wichita is a popular destination.

“In Newton, there’s various places they go, but Dillons and Walmart are probably the top two,” he said. Some passengers prefer to shop at Prairie Harvest.

Joe Hall, who has been a driver for a year, said one Hesston resident requested Interurban three times a week. A lot of his time is spent driving to doctor’s offices. Some of his passengers have their own vehicles, but they don’t feel comfortable driving in Wichita.

“I would say it’s extremely important,” he said. “I had numerous people tell me they wouldn’t know what to do to get to medical appointments, and to the mall and shopping.”

The service provides curb-to-curb transportation. Hall said he usually had other trips to make in between the timeframe a passenger might want to spend shopping. He does haul some younger people.

Carlton said Hutchinson was probably the second most common destination. For instance, interurban could provide transportation for Hesston Senior Center if a group wanted to visit the Cosmosphere.

Carlton said Interurban normally operated between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but earlier trips can be scheduled.

“We do take people to the airport,” he said. “That’s usually the only transportation we do on a Saturday or a Sunday, and that’s if there’s a driver available.”

A Kansas Department of Transportation grant funds most of the cost of the service, and Harvey County pays the rest. The county has contributed $33,400 to the transportation the past couple of years. In 2016, Interurban provided 13,032 trips totaling 68,531, according to the county budget. Roughly one-third of those were for trips outside the county.

“It helps keep people be as independent as possible,” Carlton said.

To make an appointment with Interurban, call 316-284-6802.