Office (229) 426-5100
Fax (229) 426-5630
402-A East Pine Street
Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750

Published June 24, 2016
 
Ben Hill Transit celebrates its 1st Birthday on July 1st!
 
Beginning operation with 3 renovated vans, it ran 100 public trips in Ben Hill County the first month. The service has since added 3 new vans; bringing the fleet up to 6. All are comfortable, air-conditioned, and have handicapped-accessible lifts. Today, the transit service is averaging 800 trips per month.

Ben Hill Transit operates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 229-426-RIDE (7433). A one-way trip anywhere in Ben Hill County is only $3.

The transit service also offers businesses, manufacturers, and other agencies the opportunity to contract for employee transportation. Having a full production line present is critical to many businesses, and this system can assure it happens every day at a very reasonable cost. Out of town trips can also be contracted.

Citizens who can’t drive or don’t have a vehicle have benefitted greatly from Ben Hill Transit; particularly those with mobility limitations. Transit drivers are courteous, operate safely, and get passengers to their destinations quickly and on-time.

This is one of 112 rural transit systems in Georgia. 36 counties still don’t have a transit service; including our neighbors of Irwin, Coffee and Jeff Davis counties.

The rural transit program is administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation using federal grant funds. Counties must provide a 10% match for capital equipment; such as vans; and Ben Hill County does this using 2011 SPLOST funds. A 50% match is required for operating funds. Ben Hill Transit is operated for Ben Hill County by Resource Management Systems, a third-party contractor. The fare box revenues and contract services provided state agencies and Medicaid are used to cover the county’s 50% match requirement.

Citizens using Ben Hill Transit have found it to be a very cheap, safe and reliable transit service; while our taxpayers are not burdened with making up the operational costs.

Questions: Frank E. Feild, County Manager, (229) 426-5100