Youth Will Ride Free as Result of Generous Sponsorship from Healthy Blue

NORFOLK, NE—During a special event on Thursday, January 13th in Norfolk, North Fork Area Transit announced the creation of a new  ‘Youth Ride Free’ program as a direct result of a generous $25,000 donation from Healthy Blue Nebraska. 

“As part of Healthy Blue’s longstanding commitment to improving the health of our communities, we are addressing the complex and interconnected factors—like transportation, food, housing, social and financial circumstances—that shape health,” said Dr. Rob Rhodes, Healthy Blue Nebraska Interim President. “Healthy Blue remains committed to addressing these factors as we continue to engage alongside organizations and other partners with innovative programs and resources for the Norfolk community.”

The ‘Youth Ride Free’ program will include existing service on a first-come, first serve basis and the new flexroute bus service called ‘ForkLift’ starting this spring. The bus will provide rides along three routes with almost 100 bus stops throughout the community. In addition, curbside service can be requested on a first-come, first serve basis by anyone who lives within three-quarters of a mile from any of the marked stops.  Forklift will operate six days a week and Sundays by appointment.

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning stated, “From what we’ve already experienced, transit options for families getting children to and from school is a huge, unmet need in the community.  North Fork Area Transit, with the generous support of Healthy Blue Nebraska, will now be able to continue and expand upon this important service, adding great benefit to the lives of many Norfolk families and improving the student experience.”  

Parents should note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult with the following exceptions for children age four or older:

• As part of agency to agency transportation, such as from the YMCA to a public or parochial school.

  • The parent/guardian provides supervision for the child at both the pick-up and drop-off destinations.

• The child rides dedicated K-12 student transit service for home to school or school to home. 

“Youth riders are one of our biggest areas of growth. Parents are discovering how North Fork Area Transit is able to provide convenient and safe transportation for their children. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Healthy Blue Nebraska to provide this service to our community,” said Jeanne Doerneman, North Fork Area Transit Manager.

 

North Fork Area Transit Riders

TeleLift Has A Record Day

North Fork Area Transit had some exciting news to share this week. On Tuesday, December 14th the schedule ahead ride service called TeleLift had a record day of rides. By day’s end drivers had provided 316 rides. Youth rides have been growing and many new riders are becoming aware of the public transit options available in Norfolk and the surrounding area.

The purple buses and yellow vans are very visible around the community. One rider remarked, “I have a car but wanted to ride the purple bus.”  Jeanne Doerneman, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit, said, “The growth of North Fork Area Transit is a direct result of the dedication from an excellent staff of drivers, that are friendly and caring and dispatchers dedicated to great customer service.”

In spring 2022, a new flex route bus service called “ForkLift” will be added to public transit services with nearly 100 stops across the Norfolk community.

New ‘Veterans Ride Free’ Program

North Fork Area Transit is now offering a new “Veterans Ride Free” program that is a direct result of a generous sponsorship from Norfolk Iron and Metal (NIM). NIM Group President, Arnie Robinson stated, “Norfolk Iron & Metal is proud to be a part of this important community program.  We are eager to have the opportunity to thank our local veterans for their service, and are honored to be the sponsor of the Veterans Ride Free program.” 

The Veterans Ride Free program includes access to the existing call ahead ride service called, ‘Telelift’. Veterans can schedule a ride at least 24 hours in advance by calling 402-379-4595 between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Ride service is available seven days a week.

The program will also include the new flexroute bus service called ‘Forklift’  coming in the spring of 2022. The bus will provide rides along three routes and at almost 100 bus stops across the community. In addition, curbside service can be scheduled by anyone who lives within three-quarters of a mile from any of the marked stops.  Forklift will operate six days a week.

“Our veterans are cherished members of our community and we are thankful to Norfolk Iron and Metal for making it possible to provide our services for free to them,” said Jeanne Doerneman, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit. Veterans will need to identify themselves as a veteran when scheduling rides and will be asked to show a military ID to their driver upon boarding.

Public Invited to Learn About New Transit Services

Public Invited to Learn About New Transit Services 

NORFOLK, NE— On Wednesday, September 8th from 3:30-5:30 pm, the public is invited to learn more about exciting new transit services coming to Norfolk and the surrounding area in early 2022.

 A public open house will be held at the Norfolk Public Library in Meeting Room C, located at 308 W. Prospect Avenue. New vehicles will be on display in the parking lot and visitors are invited to take a look inside. Informational handouts and maps will also be available. Transit staff will be on hand to answer questions. 

Additional public transit pop-up events will be held across the community on September 9th at Hy-Vee East on 120 E. Norfolk Avenue from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm and on September 10th at Wal-Mart on 2400 W. Pasewalk Avenue from 9:00-11:00 am.