Orange bus route will go to Salvation Army

By Roxana Orellana

Starting Thursday, the Austin/Mower County Area Transit (AMCAT) system will have a route for those needing Salvation Army services.

"We need to help people access the food shelf and other services," Mayor Bonnie Rietz said.

The food pantry, social services and church programming are at the Salvation Army's new location at 2103 14th Street N.E., south of Todd Park.


Residents needing the services can get on the orange bus line, which will leave from the Salvation Army thrift store downtown at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bus will arrive at the new location about 15 minutes later. Return trips will leave the new site at 10:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Two additional times will be added on Wednesdays.

The program will continue as long as necessary, Rietz said.

"Those with special needs, especially recent flood victims, must be able to get to the Salvation Army to receive services," Rietz said.

Salvation Army Maj. Rhoda Wilds said city officials stopped by the new site Tuesday to see what they could do.

"It's an indication of the willingness the city has to cooperate with the local agencies and get people assistance," Wilds said. "We really appreciate the city rerouting the buses to get our clients out to our building."

For more information, call AMCAT at 433-2379.

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