- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Natchez Transit System will soon offer a new program aimed at helping residents carpool to work.

NTS Executive Director Sabrena Bartley tells the Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/29UU6zm) the agency was recently approached by the Community Transportation Association of America about becoming a provider in its Vanpool Works program - a partnership between CTAA and Enterprise Rideshare, a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Vanpool Works is a program offered in other parts of the state and across the county. It’s geared toward creating a ride-share program for residents needing to get to work or seeking to save money on their commutes, Bartley said.

“Hospitals, for example, are large employers, and if there are people commuting all in the same direction, we could pick up all of those people, and they could split the cost of the ride,” Bartley said.

Enterprise would provide 10- to 12-person passenger vans for the program as part of the company’s community outreach efforts, Bartley said, and would set the cost for the ride. NTS would receive reimbursement for administering the program.

The cost for the rides and the reimbursement figures are still being finalized, Bartley said.

Bartley said she thinks the program would be ideal for local residents who work at large employers like casinos in Vicksburg and other areas.

“We always want to do something that betters our community, especially in Natchez and southwest Mississippi,” she said.

Bartley said NTS had hoped to have the program in place by October but does not know if that goal will be met.

“But it will be sometime in early fall,” she said.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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