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Posted to Media Advisories and Press Releases by Regina Gardner
For Immediate ReleaseMarch 11, 2022
Contact Information: Scott W. Rhine, PART CEO/General Manager, (336) 291-4316, firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 21, 2022, the Surry County Board of County Commissioners took action at their scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting by unanimous vote to withdraw their membership from the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). The County has requested that their membership be removed from PART by June 30, 2022.
This release is an initial public notification that PART Express Route 6 service will no longer be operating, effective: July 1, 2022.
PART is a Regional Transportation Authority and unit of local government. The only one of its kind in the State of North Carolina. It comprises 22 elected and appointed officials representing the four largest cities of the Triad, 10 counties of the Piedmont Triad, four Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), the region's two largest airports, and the North Carolina DOT Board of Transportation - Divisions 7 & 9.
Surry County joined PART in July 2004. PART began operating PART Express commuter bus service from Mt. Airy, Pilot Mountain, King, and Winston-Salem along the US52 highway corridor in 2005. Therefore, the decision of the Surry County Board of County Commissioners to withdraw their membership from PART directly impacts the PART Territorial Jurisdiction and restricts PART from operating PART Express service in Surry County.
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) is a unit of local government created in 1997 to enhance all forms of transportation in the Piedmont Triad Region. Our work is part of a larger statewide effort to improve transportation systems in North Carolina. Working with our partners, we strive to enhance mobility, address congestion, and reduce transportation related impacts on our air quality. Learn more at www.partnc.org.
Posted to What's Happening at PART by Sabrina Glenn
With all the changes in our everyday lives related to COVID-19, PART has had to respond by making changes to help ensure the safety of our drivers, riders, and overall community. Everything we’ve done has been geared to making sure that public transit is as safe as possible.
#MaskUpForTransit. When riding with PART, it is important to ensure you follow proper mask guidelines like making sure your mask covers not only your mouth but your nose as well. Also, wear a mask that you cannot blow air through; this will help to keep your airflow and bodily fluids contained. As of February 1st, 2021 TSA, SD1582/84-21-01 mandated that all public transportation workers and riders 2 years or older must wear face masks at all times while on public transit vehicles or in transit facilities.
When riding with PART we also ask that you are mindful about social distancing. While it’s not always possible to be six feet apart, we encourage you to do your best not just when riding, but when boarding our buses as well. During the boarding process we ask that only one person enter at a time to create as much social distancing as possible. Passengers who are exhibiting visible signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus will be asked to deboard the PART Express bus. We take this very seriously because it is for the safety of all other riders and to maintain our community’s safety.
We’re encouraging all passengers to use PARTs TouchPass contactless payment system. Passengers can download the TouchPass App from your PlayStore or purchase a TouchPass Reusable Smartcard at the Coble Transportation Center (CTC) or you can order one online. Making the transition to digital fare payments will not only help lower the spread of COVID-19, but it can save you time and money. When you ride with Umo, you receive free transfers and simply tap or scan to quickly board the bus. Cash is still accepted on PART Express buses, but we do not provide change cards or transfer tickets. We encourage you to have exact change for each bus that you board.
We’re all looking forward to our return to normal. But until then, we’re asking you to do your PART in taking the proper precautions when riding. For a full list of information on PART’s COVID-19 activities, visit www.partnc.org/covid19.