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History of Greenway

On July 1, 2008 the Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority officially came into being and became the first rural, urban regional transit Authority in the State of North Carolina.

The Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority operates as Greenway Public Transportation. It provides van service to residents of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties, and bus service to residents in the cities of Conover, Hickory, and Newton.

The Greenway story began in 2001 when the staff at Caldwell County Area Transit undertook a feasibility study to evaluate the benefits of creating a regional transit system. This study was completed in 2004 and identified advantages to creating a regional system, including: the ability to create seamless connections, an opportunity to bring more transit funding to the region, potential cost reduction and economy of scales, and quality improvements through the development of a more specialized staff.

From feasibility to implementation, the study moved forward in 2005 when the City of Hickory applied for funding to study the implementation of a consolidated regional transit system. A consortium guided the study effort and included the Managers of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties; the City Managers from Conover, Hickory and Newton, as well as a representative from the Western piedmont Council of Governments.

The implementation plan was completed in 2007 and by September 2007 consortium members signed a resolution agreeing to create a new regional transit Authority. Between January 2008 and June 2008, the new organization was staffed and actions necessary to establish the new entity were completed.

On July 1, 2008 the Western Piedmont Regional Transit Authority officially came into being and became the first rural, urban regional transit Authority in the State of North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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