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Transportation Options

TransportationTRANSPORTATION OPTIONS abound in Gaston County.

There are three railroads: Norfolk & Southern Railway, CSX and Amtrak.

Major highways include Interstate 85, U.S. 29, U.S. 74 and U.S. 321. Fifty-seven motor freight carriers serve Gaston County. Bus service is available in Gastonia.

Airport in Gaston CountyCharlotte Douglas International Airport has 517 scheduled commercial departures daily and 8.4 million passenger boarding a year. It is served by six major and four commuter airlines. Gastonia also has a Municipal Airport.

Gaston County Transit

Fares
Regular fare — 60 cents, 15 cents for transfer. Children under five ride free with paying adult customer. Fares for the elderly and/or handicapped are regular fare, 30 cents and 5 cents for a transfer.

Ticket books good for 10 rides are available for $5.50, or $2.75 for the elderly and/or handicapped.

Senior citizens 65 or older can ride for half-fare with proof of age or a Social Security Health Insurance card.

Have exact fare, ticket or transfer ready when boarding. Drivers are not allowed to make change. Transfers must be used within 30 minutes of the time cut on the transfer. They are not valid for round trips. You must get the transfer when you board.

Tickets may be purchased at Bradley Station, 121 N. Oakland St., or the City of Gastonia, Revenue Collection Division, 181 South St.

Bus Stops
All bus routes begin and end at Bradley Station at the corner of Oakland and Main. Most buses run once an hour on the hour or once an hour on the half hour. Call 866-6855 for a schedule.

Boarding
Riders may board at any designated bus stop. Assist the driver by using a hand signal if you want the bus to stop. Once aboard, ring the bell a block in advance to let the operator know you’d like to get off at the next bus stop.

Service Areas
Myrtle — serves Webb Street Elementary, Shannon Bradley Road and Dixie Village

Highland — serves Radio Street Apartments and Erwin Center

Highland Services — serves Central Transportation, Rhyne Elementary School and Radio Street Apartments

South York/Linwood — Serves Gaston County Health Department, Linwood Apartments and Linwood Terrace

Eastridge/Gaston Memorial Hospital/Franklin Square — Serves Eastridge Mall, Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gaston Mall, Franklin Square, Department of Social Services and the Gaston-Lincoln County libraries

Marietta — Serves Gaston County Health Department and Village Square

Handicap-Accessible Buses
Gastonia Transit has seven handicap-accessible buses featuring improved wheelchair lifts.

Van Service
Gastonia Transit ADA Van Service provides handicapped people with rides to doctors, hospitals, shopping centers and other places within the city limits. Vans are specially equipped for the needs of handicapped people. The cost is $1.20 per one-way ride. A book of 10 tickets costs $12.

Interested people should apply to Gastonia Transit to show they meet the qualifications. Ride reservations must be made a day in advance. Call 866-6056.

Hours
Gastonia Transit operates Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no Sunday service and no service on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 

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The Gaston Chamber of Commerce
601 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

Phone: 704-864-2621
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8461
Fax: 704-854-8723

 

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