Shuttle Could Be Back On The Road Soon

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

He's 53-years-old and has to use a wheelchair to get around.

On Monday, Charley Cole has something to be happy about and it won't make him wear down the tires on his wheel chair just to get groceries.

Charley Cole's wheelchair works great getting him around his apartment, but getting to the grocery store is another story.

Since Charley lost his legs due to diabetes seven years ago, mobility has been a constant obstacle, but when Pikeville officials discontinued the daily shuttle run by Sandy Valley Transportation Services a year ago, for Charlie that obstacle became a brick wall.

“I'd have to call my brother to come and take me and he lives in Robinson Creek,” Cole said.

But he's not the only one that suffered.

Elderly and disabled people all over the city found themselves without any way to get around.

That's when Charlie decided to do something about the problem.

He drafted a petition demanding the shuttle return and 125 signatures later the bus is back on schedule.

Thanks to donations from local businesses and a one-thousand dollar monthly contribution from the city of Pikeville, daily shuttle service, but most importantly independence will return to the people of Pikeville.

The return of the shuttle service is still pending several meetings at the county and state levels, but officials at Sandy Valley Transportation Services do not anticipate any problems.

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