Person County commissioners approved a plan to allow Person Area Transportation System to extend its services on holidays for dialysis patients.
The bus will run every holiday except for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The special holiday service won’t be available for regular PATS riders. Instead, the transportation agency would travel to the homes of patients with appointments and transport them to and from the healthcare facility where they are due to receive treatment.
Good Friday – tomorrow – will be the first holiday patients will be able to use the service.
PATS’ plan is to have one bus in operation until they reach capacity or a request for additional service is made.
Operating hours will differ from normal operating hours.
“We basically operate from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is not like our normal 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., most of them are done by 3 p.m. The only exception will be on the Saturdays and the day after Christmas. Those times will differ,” said PATS’ director Glen LaBar.
Most patients will not have to pay a fee to ride.
They are covered under a grant from the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments and Medicaid.
It is a service needed for those having a difficult time finding alternative transportations on holidays.
“They use us on a daily basis for a reason whether it is not having transportation or finding transportation or cost so it is kind a need. We fulfill the need,” said LaBar.
To use PATS, call 336-597-1771, visit the county website at personcounty.net or the PATS office at 341 S. Madison Blvd. to register.