Medical transportation services could soon be available in Wichita Falls

Medical transportation services could soon be available in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls city leaders want more transportation options available for everyone.
And they're doing something about it.
That is why city council approved an ordinance to apply for a $200,000 dollar grant that would give the elderly and disabled more options.
It would provide medical transportation services.
In September the city applied for a grant for more buses.
Now they are trying to get money that, they believe, can result in saving lives.
The work is being done to benefit the community.
"It's good if they could fix the buses where they would run every half hour," Bus rider Mary Reid said. "Because there's a lot of people that come out and get their shopping done within 30 minutes and then are ready to go home."
When Newschannel 6 interviewed Reid in September, she was encouraged by Wichita Falls' effort to add more buses to their fleet.
Now they are working to provide transportation to elderly and disabled individuals needing medical treatment.
"If an elderly or disabled person had to go seek some kind of medical treatment, dialysis for example, they could call us and schedule an appointment," City Manager Darron Leiker said. "And we can pick them up directly at their door and take them to their medical provider."
It is a service that Public Transit Administrator, Dennis Burket, believes could be the difference between life and death.
"For everybody it could be life-changing," Burket said. "But for some, it is more serious than just changes. It could mean possible death from not getting to their appointments."
Public transportation is important to Burket because so many people rely on it.
"We have people that don't get out of the house because they have no way to drive," Burket said. "They don't have anybody, any family to come get them. And public transportation is their outlet."
In addition to this possible future service, Burket said they would like to add even more buses to the route in the next two years so people like Mary Reid do not have to wait an hour for the next bus.
Burket believes the city should get the grant and could start signing people up by October 1st.
He also said there will be more information on how to set up a ride closer to the kickoff date.

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