LexTran and the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program have teamed up to provide assistance to people who need to flee a domestic violence situation or who are otherwise in danger.
The LexTran "Ride to Shelter" program gets underway in November, with a new Ride to Shelter logo on each LexTran bus.
LexTran spokesman Dave Riggins said that when someone in danger gets on a bus, the driver will call LexTran's dispatch center, which will send a supervisor to meet the bus. The supervisor will take the person to the domestic violence program's shelter. Bus fare is waived for those needing help, he said.
"Similar in scope to the Safe Place Program, it just makes good sense for LexTran to partner with Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program to provide safe haven to victims and their children who are threatened and seeking immediate help," said LexTran general manager Rocky Burke.
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The program was developed because the community has been struck by several domestic-violence related tragedies in the past year, according to officials.
"We are very grateful for the opportunity to provide an additional service to aid in the safety and protection of those who are victimized by violence and abuse," said Darlene Thomas, executive director of the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program. "We appreciate the generosity and vision of LexTran to develop and implement this program. We know it will save lives."