New transportation service available in Aberdeen

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/03/2013 8:27 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA)-- The city of Aberdeen has recruited a transportation company, T.C. Express, to provide much needed service to its citizens.

City officials voted to allow the Columbus company to offer transporation services especially to the elderly, disabled, and other passengers who may have a hard time getting around.

The service will be called "Aberdeen On Wheels" and is designed by the city to handle specific transportation needs.

The mayor says it has been 15 years since there's been any type of transportation for residents in Aberdeen. 

"So, we have started to try and get some transportation since April. And, so we are fortunate to get them to come in to provide transportation knowing that we are a certified retirement town," said Mayor Cecil Belle.

There are a lot of retirees in Aberdeen and disabled residents, according to Mayor Belle.

The city is not funding the company in any way, but hope the company will hire local citizens.

However, Belle hopes the city will be able to receive grant money to help defray some of the cost for citizens who may need the service. 

Those who work for the company have been passing out fliers throughout town to let people know about the service.

The manager says the new service will take Aberdeen residents just about anywhere.

"Not only to the doctor, but to the grocery store. Even around to Aunt Sallie's house. So, we are providing that transportation to the citizens here in Aberdeen. Not only in the city limits here in Aberdeen, but also hopefully to the entire Monroe County area," said Reverend McKinley Whitley, manager for Aberdeen On Wheels.

Mayor Belle says the company will also work with a Tupelo-based company to help provide transportation.

If you have any questions on the service you can call 662-251-8641.
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