Public Hearing Notice


This is to inform the public of the opportunity to attend a public hearing on the proposed Rural Operating Assistance Program (ROAP) application to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation no later than October 24, 2014 by the County of Rutherford.  The public hearing will be held on October 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Rutherford County commissioners meeting in the Rutherford County Office Building located at 289 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC  28139.  Rutherford County will provide auxiliary aids and services under the ADA for disabled persons who wish to participate in the hearing.  Anyone requiring special services should contact Kerry Giles, Transportation Services Director, as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.  The programs included in the Rural Operating Assistance Program application are:

Elderly & Disabled Transportation Assistance (EDTAP) Program provides operating assistance for the public transportation of elderly and disabled citizens.

Employment Transportation Assistance Program provides operating assistance for the public transportation of persons with employment related transportation needs.

Rural General Public (RGP) Program provides operating assistance for the public transportation of persons living in non-urban areas of the county.


The period of performance for Rural Operating Assistance Program funds is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The FY2014-15 ROAP individual program totals are: 













This application may be inspected at the Rutherford County Transit Office located at 294 Fairgrounds Road, Spindale, NC  28160 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.  Written comments should be directed to Kerry Giles, Transportation Services Director, at 294 Fairgrounds Road, Spindale, NC  28160 or, before October 6, 2014. 

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294 Fairground Road
Spindale, NC 28160
828.287.6339 (Main Number/Dispatch)
828.287.6141 (Appointment Line)
800.735.2962 (Hearing Impaired)
Kerry Giles - Transportation Services Director, 828.288.4505 (email)
Jeff Hill - Operations Manager, 828.287.6308 (email)
Anita Campbell - Office Coordinator, 828.287.6387 (email)
Mark Eitel - Scheduler, 828.287.6153 (email)
Appointments/Dispatch, 828.287.6142
Shannon Patrick - Dispatch, 828.287.6339 (email)
Carolyn Byers (DSS) - Medicaid Appointments, 828.287.6141 (email)
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Rutherford County Transit was established in 1990 and is a self-funded department within Rutherford County Government. Transit provides services to the following individuals:
1. Medicaid Transportation
2. Individuals over age 60
3. Disabled individuals
4. General Public (fixed route only)
Please see information below on how to qualify for transportation services. Individuals interested in making an appointment can call the Transit appointment line at 287-6141 during the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. 
Scheduled routes will run Monday thru Friday between 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM except New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Day and the working day before and after Christmas.  Transit Brochure


The purpose of Rutherford County Transit is to provide efficient and effective utilization of all available resources in the provision of safe, convenient, and reliable transportation services, and to facilitate mobility choices for all individuals including the elderly, disabled, and clients of human service agencies.
Passenger Rules and Procedures are listed below. If an individual is a NO SHOW three times within a three month period, they will be suspended from riding Transit for one month. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or by 6:30 AM on the day of their appointment. Also, all passengers must be ready 90 minutes prior to their appointment time for Transit to pick them up. (Passengers with out-of-county medical trips will be notified of their specific pick up time).
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Except for assist animals, pets will not be permitted
  • Smoking, eating, drinking and weapons are not allowed
  • Seat belts must be worn at all times
Transit's Deviated Fixed Route, known as TARC, runs through Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City on a set schedule. The route runs from 8:00 AM - 5:40 PM. The set times and locations are below. FARE IS ONLY $1.00 TO RIDE. Deviations can be made up to 1/2 mile from a set bus stop. Stops may also be made along the route as long as it is a safe location for the bus to stop. Also, for driver and passenger safety, deviations will not be allowed that require the bus to make a back up maneuver.
Please call 828-288-1830 if you need to request a deviation. Also, monthly passes are available for $32.00.
Bus stop sign
In order to qualify to ride Rutherford County Transit, passengers must be approved for Medicaid Transportation through the Department of Social Services at 287-4022. Once approved through DSS, appointments can be made through the Transit Appointment Line at 828.287.6141. If an attendant is required, a Medical Necessity Verification Form must be filled out. The form is below.
Transit has grant funds available to transport individuals over the age of 60 or who have a disability. An application must be filled out (see below) and if they are disabled, a doctor must sign the application. Currently, applicants are allowed four trips per month for free under this service. The number of trips per month is subject to change based on program funding.  Grant funds, if available through NCDOT, are available on an annual basis from July 1 - June 30. 
Wheelchair accessible vans
Transit has grant funds available to transport individuals to work.  An application must be filled out (see below) and signed by an employer.  Cost will be based on frequency and distance of trips required.  Grant funds, if available through NCDOT, are available on an annual basis from July 1 - June 30. 
Due to rising fuel prices, Rutherford County Transit will require all out-of-town medical visits be made between 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Transit will also be going to the cities listed below only on the following days:
Shelby: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
Asheville/Hendersonville: Monday and Thursday 
Columbus: Monday
Charlotte: Tuesday and Wednesday 
Gastonia: Tuesday and Wednesday 
Mooresville: Tuesday 
Kings Mountain: Wednesday 
Spartanburg: Thursday 
Hickory/Morganton: Monday 
Winston-Salem: Tuesday 
Durham/Chapel Hill: Thursday
It is imperative that passengers inform Transit if anyone will be traveling with them. There are a limited number of seats available on each van. Additional passengers must be approved for medical reasons.  General requests to use this new shuttle service for non-medical appointments will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for a fee.
Quarterly Meeting Dates: Third Friday of the month (February, May, August and November). Location: Transit Office @ 294 Fairground Road, Spindale, NC 28160
Time: 10:00 a.m.
These meetings are open to the public and public comments will be allowed at the start of each meeting. Public comments are limited to three minutes per person.
All safety sensitive positions will be subject to a pre-employment drug test, as well as, ongoing random drug and alcohol tests while employed at Rutherford County Transit.