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      The future of Adams County and rural transportation

      The future of rural transportation in Adams County could be on the horizon. Wednesday, representatives from several organizations in Adams County met to hear about a plan to make a change.

      Do you ever find that you are in need of a ride, and the nearest bus stop is a couple towns over?

      Well ... this group could have a resolution.

      "There is a large population of the county, that lives outside of Quincy, who don't have the means that other people do, and we really want to make sure that other people's life is as complete as possible," Earl Bricker, the Director of Community Impact at United Way of Adams County said.

      The Adams County Transit Partnership Group began phase one.

      Ed Heflin with the WIU Rural Transit Assistance Center hosts the group sessions.

      This Assistance Center is responsible for helping almost 30 counties set up a rural transit system.

      It is their mission after all.

      "We needed to implement a clearing house to go out and do the good works. And the number one need was to go out and do rural transportation," Heflin said.

      This is how the process works.

      "Bring folks together in the first phase. In phase two, you distribute surveys to find out the need, and phase three you throw it all on the table, have all the players hear all the options there are to deliver the service, and assuming the county wants to work with us, we have a rural transportation grant," Heflin said.

      Heflin said the system could work like this.

      "Demand response. People call ahead of time, they get a ride. We hope to do those and not have a taxi per se, which is just one person person in the vehicle. It's all based on ride sharing. You go out in a certain region of that county and pick every body up in that region," Heflin said.

      Two Rivers Regional Council and the United Way of Adams County are spear-heading the rural transit efforts.

      The Transportation Partnership Group plans to meet again on October 9th to begin "phase two" of the plan.