Arenac Transit remains operating

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ARENAC COUNTY— Arenac Transit, the local transportation service, remains operating and is taking day-to-day precautions to ensure the public's safety.

The transit operates Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is available to everyone. 

“The transportation has taken off quite well for us this past year. By extending our hours, we have more than doubled our weekly pickups,” said Arenac Opportunities vice-chairman Deb Morgan. “I think people didn't realize we have it and it’s available for everyone.” 

The transit just received five new buses and vans through grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation. They hope to purchase an SUV or car in the future for when they are only transporting one person, as they often do for medical appointments.

Arenac Transit offers free rides for veterans, free rides to polls during all of this year's elections, and discounted rates for seniors and students. They can also set up after-school programs and take home students after school as well as transporting head start students. 

“We have had several local businesses that have contributed towards free rides for vets,” said Morgan. 

The transit can cross county lines to transport patients for medical reasons and are currently working with local transportation entities to be able to transfer people across county lines for reasons other than medical. 

On top of transportation, Arenac Transit has also been accepting recycling from the public at no cost. Bins are placed outside of the transit building on Airpark Dr. in Standish and the public is free to drop off their recycling such as newspapers and cardboard. 

For confidential recycling, Morgan requests they call first and they will instruct them on how to recycle those documents.

According to Arenac County Commissioner Sally Mrozinski, the Transit will be trying to get three-quarters of a mil in August to help with transportation funds.

“We are diligently working hard to increase transportation for our community,” said Mrozinski. “Any townships that need our help, get in contact with us. We would like to reach everyone anywhere in Arenac County.” 

The transit provides same-day-service and county residents can call for pick up at 989-846-7500.

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