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  • Writer's pictureGayle Albertini

Need a ride? Call CARTS.

Community Center Transportation can be a problem for some people in our community. CARTS (Craven Area Rural Transit System) is an ongoing service provided to all New Bern communities that is underutilized in Fairfield Harbour.

FHPOA Director John Rothengast recognized this and spearheaded a Town Hall meeting with Kelly Walker, CARTS Transportation Director. Walker spoke at the FH Community Center on January 17 to update FH residents on the CARTS services and options available.

Here is what we learned:
  • Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) serves Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties at low or no cost. Transportation services are provided on a shared-ride basis to maximize funding and resources.

  • Services are provided Monday - Friday except on certain holidays.

  • General trips: CARTS can be used for shopping, bill paying, going to and from work, and other trips.

  • Medical trips: CARTS passengers can ride to doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals, dentists, and other health-related visits.

  • Reservations: Trips are first come, first served, and availability-based service. Call 252-636-4917 for reservations as soon as you know about your trip to make a reservation. Scheduling can be made 30 days in advance but no later than 12:00 noon, two days before your trip.

  • Please have this information ready:

    • Your name and pick-up address. CARTS will pick you up at your address.

    • Your phone number and the phone number of the destination

    • Address of your destination

    • Date and time of appointment

    • Whether you will have an assistant with you on the trip

  • Transportation for the elderly or disabled is available with no fare for life-necessity trips. Life necessity is a trip with a medical (including pharmacy) or nutritional purpose. The elderly, for this program, is defined as age 60 or older. Disabled is defined as a permanent disability. Eligibility is verified. Call 252-636-4917 to become verified.

Call CARTS at 252-636-4917 for more information or to schedule your trip.

Along with Kelly Walker, Craven County Representatives Gene Hodges, Billy Wilkes, and Jeff Wood attended the Town Hall meeting. Topics included an update on the state of the county's financials, a bit about economic development, parks and recreation, and transportation services available to residents.

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