Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority Expanding To Job Centers

The Pee Dee Regional Transit Authority is already the third largest of its type in the United States and will soon expand to cover more job hubs.

New routes are planned to start at staggered dates over the coming months for SC 327 Pee Dee Electric Business and Commerce Center, Dillon County, Timmonsville, and Lake City, Executive Director Don Strickland told Florence City Council members at Monday’s meeting.

“As we know from economic development, workforce development, getting people and jobs together is a huge issue,” said Mayor Pro Tem George Jebaily. “We have a lot of people who are looking for quality work where they will make a good income, and then we have a lot of jobs that are out there that are in need of people.”

Of the 355,000 trips made this year using the transit system, around 44 percent were riding for work and 81 percent did not have access to a car, according to Strickland’s presentation. The authority has seen a 12 percent growth in riders since the same time last year.

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