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(Neb)-It's Nebraska Public Transit Week  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/10/2019 09:58 AM
CHADRON - This is Nebraska Public Transit Week, a celebration and promotion of public transit across the state. Nebraska public transit had over 6.5 million riders traveling nearly 10 million miles combined last year -  enough to drive back and forth across Nebraska over 11,000 times.

     For many people, the phrase Public Transit means big city bus and rail systems, but rural systems such as Panhandle Trails, Sheridan County Public Transportation, and Chadron's Handibus fill vital roles for those who don't own or can't use a personal vehicle.

      Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino says the Handibus, which is funded primarily with state and federal  money, handled anywhere from 650 to 1,000 riders in any given month last year with a yearly total of more than 9,800 of all ages.

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The Handibus runs Monday-Friday from 8-4:00 and is free. It doesn't have set schedules and responds to calls for rides, which Chief Lordino says sometimes results in multiple stops on a single run.

       Lordino also says the Handibus service wouldn't be possible without dedicated drivers, dispatchers, and other transit employees, so he urges saying "Thank You" the next time you see any of them.


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