City leaders want to expand a service that helps folks in Wichita Falls buy their groceries and fill their prescriptions. But, it will take a boost in demand to do so.
The Grocery Cart, a service of Falls Ride, picks passengers up at their homes, brings them to various grocery stores and pharmacies, and brings them right back home. The cost of the service is a mere $2.
The bus runs Tuesday through Thursday and begins pick ups at 9 a.m. Folks who use the service said it's a life changer and they might not be able to get their shopping done otherwise.
"When I found out about it," said passenger Alice Anderson, "I started using it. And, I'm telling other people."
Wichita Falls Director of Aviation, Traffic and Transportation John Burrus said he would like to see the runs increase to twice daily Monday through Friday. But, the demand just isn't there. he attributed some of that to people simply not knowing about the service. But, he said, there could also be a stigma attached to it.
"I think a lot of it comes down to people's mind set of-oh it's the bus system," said Burrus.
Burrus thinks more people would use the service if they gave it a try. And, he said, he feels there is much more demand for the service than their seeing on the bus.
"I think," said Burrus, "it just makes it a better overall community."
Tim Barnosky, Newschannel 6.