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Rural transportation is in the works for Adams County

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ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

There's a new push to bring public transportation to rural communities. The United Way and Two Rivers Regional Council are behind the effort.

They say a growing number of people in Adams County don't have transportation to doctor's visits and trips to stores.

Golden Resident Norma Flesner works at the Community for Christ Assistance Center in Camp Point.

Flesner says without her husband driving her, she wouldn't make it to work or to doctor's visits and shopping in Quincy.

"I know that if I didn't have someone to take me, then I wouldn't be able to drive to Quincy now," said Flesner.

Flesner says it's the same issue for many of her rural neighbors, especially senior citizens.

"Even people that go for radiation treatment or chemo, sometimes they don't have family members that could take them," said Flesner.

Medical needs is just one of the reasons Two Rivers Regional Council is partnering with the United Way of Adams County to bring another form of transportation to outlying communities.

"They could just not have a vehicle or be able to drive perhaps because of age or debilitating circumstances or maybe they've lost their license," said Earl Bricker.

Bricker is with the United Way of Adams County and says once you get out of Quincy city limits, the options for rural residents are slim.

"The only grocery store outside of Quincy is in Camp Point," said Bricker.

Even though Quincy has it's own transit system, Bricker says the form of rural transportation would work differently.

"About 24 hours notice at least, someone would call and say 'Hey, I need transportation to the doctor, to this, to that, to the other thing,'" said Bricker. "So, it would be more or less by appointment."

The next step is to send out surveys to rural residents to see if the need is as strong as expected. If there is support by residents, it still would be at least a year before the first bus is in service.

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