NassauTRANSIT is pleased to provide new ways to "Get Around" in Nassau County with a service extension offering safe, reliable public transportation for school children. After several weeks of planning, NassauTRANSIT has begun transporting students from Emma Love Hardee, Southside Elementary and Fernandina Beach Christian Academy to the McArthur Family YMCA's After School Program at the Atlantic Kids Campus.
Since NassauTRANSIT is the only state approved public transportation provider in Nassau County, the first step was getting approval from the Florida Department of Transportation to provide the service. Once that was done, NassauTRANSIT worked closely with Christine Fournier, the Y's Program Director for Nassau County Youth Development and Day Camp Executive Candace Burrows to work out the details.
The students are picked up from their respective schools between 2-2:30 p.m. and arrive at the Kids Campus by 2:40 p.m. A YMCA adult escort accompanies the students on each trip, and the Y is paying the regular public fare for each student and the bus escort.
In addition, NassauTRANSIT is providing transportation for students in the Project Search program offered at Fernandina Beach High School. Project Search helps young adults with disabilities in obtaining job-skills training through a variety of internship opportunities. The seven Project Search students riding the bus home would not otherwise be able to participate in this innovative program if NassauTRANSIT did not provide transportation.