A grant is allowing the Etowah County Rural Transportation service to provide rides for eligible, working county residents for free.
“When you’re trying to get on your feet , you’re a single parent, you have a low income and you’re trying to look for work… transportation is often a big obstacle,” said director Lora Weaver.
The solution to that obstacle is the Job Access Reverse Commute grant.
“What JARC is, it will allow the county to be able to provide free transportation for low income individuals who have children under the age of 18 living in their home,” Weaver said.
Right now the transportation is available weekdays, though they’re trying to have a third party service join for after hour transportation.
“It doesn’t only provide transportation to and from work, but it allows them to go fill out applications , go to job training,” Weaver said.
But the service doesn’t stop there.
“Often times getting their children to daycare or to school can be a hindrance to getting a job,” Weaver said. “So this grant will actually allow us to transport those children as well.”
An eligibility form is required through the Department of Human Resources or Community Action of Etowah County.