ABOUT

HISTORY

Haywood County Public Transit was founded in 1990, when the state of North Carolina asked Haywood County to consolidate and streamline a number of smaller county transportation systems.

 

As a result, transit services provided by the Department of Social Services and Southwestern Child Development, along with Mountain Projects’ Head Start, Foster Grandparents and Senior Services, were combined and placed under the auspices of one organization: Mountain Projects.

 

Between 1990 and 2016, Haywood Public Transit operated what is known as a demand-response system, facilitating transportation services upon request and coordinating transportation with other local agencies and programs.

 

That began to change with the 2016 census. Shifting population densities and other factors led the Federal Government to reclassify Haywood County as rural/urban – the westernmost county in the state to reach such a classification. This made funding possible for a broader range of public transportation options, and Mountain Projects and Haywood Public Transit began to study the possibility of adding scheduled daily transit routes that operated hour-to-hour.

 

When current Haywood Public Transit Director Si Simmons arrived in the spring of 2019, it was time to make the shift. That fall, routes were established through the core of Haywood County from Canton to Waynesville, and a connection was established to the much larger Buncombe County public transportation system to the east.

 

Despite the arrival of the COVID pandemic in the winter of 2020, Haywood Public Transit continues to grow and expand services. In August of 2021, when devastating flooding struck Haywood County, Haywood Public Transit was able to step into a transportation void in the stricken areas to provide relief.

In addition to longtime services that range from emergency management transportation and services for the elderly to poor-weather pickups and emergency food deliveries, Haywood Public Transit now offers regular, daily bus routes for the citizens of Haywood County.

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU GO

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Si Simmons

Executive Director
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Debbie Trull

Dispatch
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Jacque Goforth

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James Baker

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David Woody

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Christy Morrow

Administrative Assistant
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Avery Messer

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Ronnie Thomason

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Rhonda Hunt

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Martha Grasty

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Kyle Moore

Safety Coordinator
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Dean Cutshaw

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Charles Reynolds

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Jerry Keller

Jerry Keller

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Margaret Shipman

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Sheila Evans

Dispatcher & Driver
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Jordan Owenby

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Margaret Woody

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Ronnie Norris

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