Cherokee County to ensure ‘social distancing’ on CATS buses

Cherokee County’s public transit system, adapting to life with the COVID-19 virus, announced that beginning Thursday, it will restrict the number of riders on fixed-route buses to 10 passengers or fewer to allow for social distancing.

When necessary, the Cherokee Area Transportation System (CATS) will add buses using part-time drivers to ensure there are enough vehicles to meet passenger demand, Cherokee County commissioners were told at their Tuesday evening meeting.

CATS also said it will provide transportation to medical appointments only to users of its demand-response service – bus rides reserved in advance. Destinations served include Northside Cherokee Hospital, local medical facilities in Woodstock and Canton, and area nursing homes, according to a CATS website.

Through March 27, CATS is not serving the Cherokee County Senior Center and Empower Cherokee, as the facilities are closed.