The Tube City Almanac
Posted in: Liberty Borough News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News
Paula McWilliams, CEO of Heritage Community Initiatives, said the bus service her organization operates, Heritage Community Transportation, was needed to make sure that workers in eastern communities, including Braddock, Liberty, McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., Port Vue and White Oak, could get to their jobs at hospitals such as Forbes Regional, UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East.
The Heritage buses, which are 14-passenger vans, operate on three fixed routes. They had to be modified for transporting workers and senior citizens who needed to get groceries and to medical appointments while keeping passengers and drivers safe.
The Heritage buses, which charge 25 cents a ride, are often how workers get to their jobs or to Port Authority bus routes that are too far to walk to.
At the same time the organization was also updating health and safety protocols to reopen the organization’s daycare, 4 Kids Early Learning Center, the after school program that became a learning hub, Heritage Out of School Time, or HOST, and the organization’s nutrition programs for children and adults.