Good to see ARISE expand to New Site

There are a lot of great people doing great things and providing great services to people in our area. From organized cleanups to volunteer groups to area civic clubs, Tallapoosa County benefits from each of these things. One organization doing the public some good is ARISE, a transportation provider in Tallapoosa County. It is a […]

There are a lot of great people doing great things and providing great services to people in our area. From organized cleanups to volunteer groups to area civic clubs, Tallapoosa County benefits from each of these things.

One organization doing the public some good is ARISE, a transportation provider in Tallapoosa County. It is a demand response transportation bus and all you have to do is call 24 hours in advance to reserve a space on the vehicle. ARISE can pick you up from wherever you are and drop you off where you need to go.

The goal of ARISE is to provide public mass transportation to all of Tallapoosa County in a safe and clean manner, and we think the organization is doing a great job of just that.

ARISE buses are already seen all over Alexander City daily, while also going out to Dadeville, Hackneyville, Camp Hill, Jacksons Gap and Ourtown at least once a week. On Thursday, the organization expanded even further by beginning to service residents in the New Site area.

We think this is a great move for ARISE Transportation, as the more communities in its service area, the more people to help.

ARISE is key to help citizens who don’t have reliable transportation get to their appointments, the grocery store or any other place they may have difficulty getting to. ARISE gives residents without transportation a peace of mind by being available.

“We are trying to expand and come to places like this,” ARISE executive director Michael McKenzie said. “There is a fundamental need for transportation across the area.”

McKenzie said the service has taken mothers with their children, dropping children at daycare before dropping the mothers off at work. It also takes other residents to grocery stores and other forms of shopping and doctor appointments.

McKenzie said the agency’s service also allows the elderly to remain at home longer before seeking a different living situation.

It is open to the public for all ages and has handicapped accessible vehicles. As its website says, “Sit back, relax (and) enjoy someone else doing the driving.”

We are proud to see this organization expanding and know it is crucial to many residents in Tallapoosa County.