State boosts transportation contract with Cherokee County

Georgia has given “demand response” transportation in Cherokee County a boost – increasing by about one-quarter the dollar amount of its contract with the county to transport senior citizens, developmentally disabled individuals and other state clients.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners recently approved a $409,591 contract between the county-operated Cherokee Area Transportation System and the state Department of Human Services. That’s up from last year’s contract of $326,917.

Under the contract, Cherokee provides about 40,000 trips a year to approximately 500 clients.

The service is provided by a fleet of Ford Goshen mini-buses with seating capacities of 10 to 20 passengers, according to contract documents. Trips are requested by phone, email or fax and scheduled by CATS.