Trial Bus Route Makes Access Available for Lawton Food Bank Patrons
The City of Lawton and LATS will begin offering an eight-week trial bus service to the Lawton Food Bank and South Lawton, beginning Monday March 7, 2016. The bus is scheduled to arrive on Sheridan Road at 53 minutes past the hour, at the Lawton Food Bank.
The route change will modify the Blue Line bus, routing it south on Sheridan Road, with a stop at the Food Bank. The bus will then turn east on Douglas Avenue to 17th Street, then north to Lee Boulevard. The Blue Line intersects with the Red Line, to assist in ridership service to the Food Bank.
The modified bus service will directly correlate with regular Food Bank hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and, Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Bus service however will be extended to 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, to assist senior citizens receiving Senior Boxes, and in need of transportation.
Following the eight-week ridership trial, the City of Lawton and LATS will evaluate the potential for retaining the route on a permanent basis. “We need to get the word out about this amazing opportunity. If it’s not used, it won’t be continued,” said Abram.
In 2015, the Lawton Food Bank fed 13,632 families, which equates to 29,478 individuals, giving out 1,143,362 pounds of food.
Source: Lawton Food Bank Press Release