Public Transit Tour Planned
by ETCOG For Thursday, May 10th
EasTexConnects, a transportation coordination committee administered by ETCOG, announces a new mobility program designed to give individuals in East Texas a way to get to the DFW area by using public transit options. EasTexConnects has declared Thursday, May 10th, Interconnectivity Day and has partnered with veterans organizations in East Texas to offer "Basic Training," an accompanied walk through of the program, to a group of 25 veterans giving them the chance to visit the VA Hospital in Dallas.
"We are currently targeting veterans with this program, because it eliminates the need to depend on friends or family to drive them two hours or more one way to Dallas for an appointment or an afternoon on the town, and get them there for less money than if they took a private car. Public transit systems are already in place, and can be used by anyone. Our Basic Training will show folks how to use public transportation," said John Hedrick, Director of Transportation at ETCOG.
The kickoff event, which will feature the veterans traveling from several East Texas cities (Marshall, Longview and Mineola) to Amtrak stations, taking Amtrak to Dallas, and then DART to their Dallas destinations (stopping at the Dallas VA Hospital), and then returning to East Texas without having to ask anyone for a ride.
The group will meet at Tyler Transit at 8:25 AM to join the passengers in their travels to Mineola, where they will stop for a photo as they are joined by other passengers at the Amtrak station before departing at 9:25 AM.Amtrak Schedule for Basic Training
AM Departures PM Arrivals
Marshall 7:50 AM Depart Dallas: 3:40 PM
Longview 8:28 AM Mineola 5:15 PM
Mineola 9:25 AM Longview 6:15 PM
Arrive at Dallas: 11:30 AM Marshall 7:01 PM
For more information, contact ETCOG's Director of Transportation, John Hedrick, at 903.984.8641 x 242.