Transportation for rural residents is near

Robert Blackford/Editor
John Lowery of Project NOW addresses the Mercer County Ministerial Association at the group’s Feb. 2 meeting at The Rusty Bucket in Aledo. Lowery spoke the group about RIM Rural Transit.

John Lowery, director of Project NOW in Rock Island, appeared before the Mercer County Ministerial Association to discuss Project NOW in general and RIM (Rock Island & Mercer) Rural Transit in particular.

Lowery said IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) promised the RIM Rural Transit would be up and running by last year but has fallen behind. RIM Transit is public transportation to and from different places within Rock Island and Mercer Counties. "We don't cross the borders," said Lowery.

"This will operate all over Mercer County. It is limited to the two-county region."

RIM Transit will be available to anybody. It will take teens to the mall or to the movies.

There is a fee to access the service: 20 miles - $3; 40 miles - $5 and 41 plus miles - $7.

It will initially operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Right now all rides must be completed by 5 p.m.," said Lowery.

Contact (309) 788-6308 for more information.

Lowery said Project NOW provides congregate meals at the Mercer County Senior Center and the Keithsburg Senior Center for individuals 60 years of age or older. "There is no income limit for what Project NOW provides to seniors," he said.

Lowery said Project NOW also delivers home delivered meals in Matherville and New Boston and would like to be doing so further south in the county.

For more on this story, see the Feb. 10, 2010 issue of The Times Record.