New Athens bus line has church roots

Posted by : admin | On : September 4, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS – The Chariot bus line is set to start carrying passengers Monday, Sept. 17, with trips from Athens to Tyler, and back, twice a day.

The buses will leave from Athens Central Transfer (Heritage Square) at 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., making stops in Murchison, Brownsboro, Chandler, and Tyler Pounds Field Airport (on request) along the way before hitting the Tyler Central Bus Transfer. The buses will also go through the hospital district, using Tyler Transit bus stops.

The process will reverse, with the buses taking the same route from Tyler to Athens at 1 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.

Cost is $5 per trip, although there are weekly and monthly rates available. Call 877-776-4335 for more details.

The best part of this business might be, well, that it isn’t really a business. It is a non-profit church outreach.

“The heart of it is as a ministry, not as a bus line,” said Helen Thornton, who is the vice chairman of the East Texas Transportation and Steering Committee (EasTexConnects) and one of the bus line’s founders.