WSIU InFocus Segment Archives
Ask any regional planner about issues facing rural areas and one that always jumps to top of their list is transportation. While big cities offer an array of public transportation, folks living in the country are often isolated.
RIDES Mass Transit District is a bus service that addresses this need. It originated in two of southern Illinois' most rural and impoverished counties -- offering a viable way for anyone to get around.
They now serve 14 counties offering access to larger towns with shopping, services and employment. RIDES has literally opened up a world of possibilities. A person living in rural Hardin County for example; could begin a trip with RIDES that connects to them Europe or beyond. Let's see how this innovative service actually works.
RIDES Mass Transit District is a bright spot in region plagued by isolation and lack of opportunities. Even if you have a car you may find that riding the bus is just as convenient, saves money and can also help reduce pollution. We hope we have helped you to appreciate this service that we are so lucky to have.
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