Houston County’s public bus system, the Wiregrass Transit Authority, will take you anywhere you want to go inside the county for $3 to $5 - $2 if its inside Dothan’s city limits. Those prices are staying the same, though operation costs are going up.
"To raise rates at a time when the prices of so many other things are going up," said Transit Manager John Sorrell, "I feel like it’s a double whammy."
But the system took a whammy of its own when gas prices began to sky rocket during the busy 2005 hurricane season. As part of the city of Dothan’s conservation plan, the system parked one of their busses, and cut their hours by 17 percent.
Normally, patrons schedule a pick-up the day before, and if they called on the same day, Sorrell says the system would "work with them."
But not anymore, now, unless you schedule a visit at least a day in advance, it will be almost impossible to get picked up.
People who need the busses for medical purposes will be fine. The system's bread and butter comes from contractual obligations with several agencies and health care centers.
If you need a ride from the Wiregrass Transit Authority, you can give them a call at 794-4093, ext. 120. Remember to call a day in advance.