Norfolk Transit Company will start bus service with a month of free rides

NORFOLK, Neb (KCAU) – The North Fork Area Transit has announced a “ForkLift bus service” which will launch on Monday with free rides.

According to a statement from the North Fork Area Transit, the operation of their flexroute bus service will begin operating with two routes. Route 1 will travel between Northeast Community College and Walmart via Norfolk Avenue and Route 2 will travel between Norfolk Senior High and Sunny Meadow Medical Clinic via Pasewalk Avenue.

People will be able to use the Forklift bus service from April 4 to April 30.

The bus will serve all marked stops along the routes Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 30-minute increments. The release said weekend service and a third route will be added in the fall.

“We are very pleased that the public is using ForkLift and experiencing the benefits of using public transit to get around Norfolk,” said Jeffrey Stewart, General Manager of North Fork Area Transit, “We appreciate the city’s support of Norfolk, as well as our generous sponsors.

According to the release, the Forklift Bus will also be able to provide curbside service to anyone within three-quarters of a mile of any marked stop along Route 1 and Route 2. To schedule a pick-up curbside load, passengers will need to call at least two hours in advance and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

TeleLift will continue to operate and extended weekend hours will allow passengers to book rides seven days a week. To schedule a TeleLift curbside pickup, passengers must call 24 hours in advance and must be at a 30 mile radius around Norfolk.

The release says public transit is in increasing demand and that North Fork Area Transit provides safe, efficient and affordable public transit to area residents.

For more information on the North Fork Area Transit, visit the website or to schedule a ride, contact the office at 402-379-4595. Office hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekend hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Melvin Z. Madore