Ken Johnston, Transportation Director for the Pennyrile Allied Community Services (P.A.C.S.), a non-profit agency chartered in 1974 and part of Community Action Kentucky, is wanting to bring a transportation service through Logan County to help those who are low income, elderly or have served their county.
P.A.C.S. receives funding from the state of Kentucky to provide many services, one of which is transportation. The program is currently set up in Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Todd County.
Johnston attended the Tuesday, Feb. 9 fiscal court meeting to tell magistrates about the program, and ask the body for a letter of support to begin a partnership that would provide scheduled door-to-door transportation within the community as well as both Bowling Green and Nashville, Tenn. Those riding would pay a minimal fee to use the service.
“We haven’t had something like this since Greyhound moved out,” said Johnston.
Johnston also asked the court for a 10 percent cost sharing on one to two vehicles, which would be approximately $3,000-$7,000, as well as a space to put their Logan County office. A state grant will pay for the rest, including drivers at $10 an hour, fuel and all maintenance on the vehicles. The vehicles would belong to P.A.C.S.
“We will be creating at least 6-7 jobs in Logan County,” said Johnston.
“Simpson County felt really good about it,” said Judge Executive Logan Chick speaking about when the program was offered there.
Johnston told the magistrates if they wanted to wait on making a decision to help purchase vehicles until next year they could. He said he would bring his own vehicles through Logan County this year to show magistrates how well the program works.
“A year ago the state asked us if we would be willing to help transport veterans. They were getting a lot of calls for veteran transportation,” said Johnston. “We were given the authority and funds to do so. We have been doing this for some time and now have the opportunity to work in Logan and Simpson at almost no expense to the counties.
P.A.C.S. is not a taxi service. They provide transportation which is scheduled 24-48 ahead of time. The service pulls up to the riders front door and helps them onto the van or bus.
Magistrate Thomas Bouldin made a motion to allow judge Chick to write a letter of support. His motion passed unanimously. No decision was made on the purchasing of vehicles.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.