Charlotte/Wilmington Bus Schedule
To provide low-cost, reliable public transportation for qualifying citizens of Columbus County.
The County contracts with a private company, First Group Inc., to manage the daily operations and maintain the vehicles. First Group Inc. pays all salaries, insurance, gas, and maintenance. They are also required to have an effective Drug & Alcohol Testing Program, a Preventive Maintenance Program, and an active and effective Safety Program. The drivers have special training to work with children, geriatric and disabled citizens.
The transportation director, a state-paid county employee, oversees the contract, writes all the grant proposals (state and private), does the paperwork to ensure reimbursements from the state, and markets the services.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) provides state and federal funds to operate a coordinated system. If funds become depleted then transportation services may end temporarily. State and local government agencies are encouraged and sometimes required to meet the transportation needs of their clients by scheduling trips through the county system.
Historically, the Columbus County system has the lowest operational cost of any rural public transportation system in North Carolina. Since the system is completely funded by the federal and state governments, no county funds are required.
The Rural Public Transportation System offers:
General Public Transportation of anyone to anywhere in the county. This is a state funded program where anyone can have transportation to destinations in the county.
$3/person/one-way trip in Whiteville & Brunswick Townships. Available weekdays, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
$10/person/one-way trip anywhere else in Columbus County. Available weekdays, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Medical Transportation for clients of Columbus County's governmental agencies (funded by Health Department, Department of Mental Health-Developmental Disabilities-Substance Abuse Services, Department of Social Services, and Department of Aging)
Sheltered Workshop Transportation (funded by Department of Mental Health- Developmental Disabilities-Substance Abuse Services)
Child Care Medical Transportation
Free Medical transportation for children less than 6 years old and pregnant mothers.
Out-of-County Medical Transportation
Community transportation may be available at no or low cost for eligible persons to most counties in eastern North Carolina if funded by a human service agency.
Transportation to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Fayetteville, NC and the Wilmington, NC VA Clinic is now available for Columbus County Veterans.
Presently scheduled for Fayetteville on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wilmington on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Transportation is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to the Fayetteville VA and on Wednesdays and Thursdays to the VA Clinic in Wilmington and to the VA clinic in Pembroke on Mondays. Veterans should schedule their appointments between 9:00am and 12:00pm. The van leaves at 7:20am and returns at approximately 1:00pm. Cost is $6.00 for the round trip. Caregivers can ride free if space is available.
· Veterans will be asked to make their appointments between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Veterans will be asked to meet at the CCT facility at 290 Legion Dr., Whiteville, NC by 7:20 am. The van will return from the VA Hospital or Clinic at approximately 1:00 pm for the return trip to Whiteville.
· Veterans will be asked to contribute $6 for the roundtrip. Veterans unable to pay will be transported anyway.
· Veterans may have a caregiver accompany them at no charge if space is available on the van.
· Veterans should call 642-7201 to reserve space on the van. Veterans should make clear to the dispatcher that they want to ride the Veterans Van. A two or three day advance notice is appreciated. No less than a 24-hour notice.
· The VA has a new procedure where the Veterans call and schedule their own appointments. Veterans should ask for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday appointment, to the appropriate facility, between 9:00am and 12:00pm, if they wish to ride the van.
If a van with a wheelchair lift is needed, please let us know.
It is the policy of The Columbus County Transportation to provide equal opportunity to all people who are admitted to, participate in, or are the recipients of CCT services.
As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, CCT does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or on the basis of disability or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits of any of its programs and activities or in employment therein, whether carried out by CCT directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom CCT arranges to carryout its programs and activities.
This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the acts, Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84, and 91. (Other Federal Laws and Regulations provide similar protection against discrimination on grounds of sex and creed.)
In case of questions concerning this policy, or in the event of a desire to file a complaint alleging violations of the above, please contact the Human Resources Office of Columbus County Government at 910-914-4119.
*Complaints must be filed in writing or in person no later than 180 days after the alleged act of discrimination occurred to 111 Washington St., Whiteville, NC 28472.