The Piedmont Area Regional Transit system, or PART, began carrying passengers January 5, 2009. The routes have been updated, fares have been lowered, and an additional bus has been added to the system (see link below for updated map and routes effective September 27, 2010).
The service operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A fare of fifty cents (.50) per trip is charged and must be paid before boarding the bus. Exact change is required. Children under the age of six (6) years old, accompanied by an adult, rides at no charge.
PART is following a fixed route system through parts of the City of Martinsville and Henry County. Routes are served by two 14-passenger handicapped accessible buses. Designated stops are located at high traffic retail areas, industrial parks, college campuses, medical facilities and government offices.
Individuals who are ADA certified may request the van to deviate off its route to make pick-ups and drop offs, with 24 hour advance notice. This distance of deviation may not exceed three quarters (3/4) of a mile off the fixed route.
The system is managed by RADAR of Roanoke, a non-profit organization that has organized and maintained both public and private human service transportation for more than 25 years.
For more information, please contact Leon Towarnicki, the City of Martinsville's City Manager at (276) 403-5180; Lee Clark, Henry County's Director of Planning, Zoning & Inspection at (276) 634-4620; or Curtis Andrews, RADAR at (800)964-5707 Ext. 102.