Much Needed Transportation Route
Comes to Cleveland County
A new, eight-stop public transportation route is now available for west Shelby residents in Cleveland County, thanks to the Partnership for Community Prosperity.
On Wednesday, October 11, the Transportation Administration of Cleveland County began offering rides on the new West End Reach Transit route. The route runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Seven times each day, the 20-passenger van makes stops at the library, the County Health Department, the Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center, the Department of Social Services, the hospital, grocery stores, Cleveland Community College, and a primary care provider. The first stop is at the Cleveland Memorial Library at 9 a.m., and the last stop is at Walmart at 2:43 p.m. The new route is free for anyone to use and is a tool for healthy lifestyles and wellness by providing access to necessary services.
“This reaction to community need is exactly what the Partnership is all about,” said Chris Gash, Community Quarterback for Cleveland County Schools and Coordinator for the Partnership for Community Prosperity. “The most important thing we want people to know about this project is that it was the west Shelby community who identified transportation as a problem. It was the community who came up with a solution. And it was the community who identified the vital stops on the route.”
The transportation route is being co-funded by Cleveland County, Partners Health Management and the HealthCare Foundation of Cleveland County. The Partnership for Community Prosperity project was jointly created by Cleveland County Schools, Cleveland County Government, Benchmarks, and Partners Health Management as a long-term health improvement initiative helping adults gain their GED, offering after-school programs for kids, providing health care through telemedicine, and connecting residents with the help they need for their overall health and wellbeing.