May 4, 2006--Posted at 6:07 CDT
"We got together, and said the first one that had a passenger call in, and let the other ones know. Just so happened I was the first one who got a passenger this morning," JETS Transit Captain Charles Simmons.
7:30 a.m. the first rider jumped on board with Charles, and throughout the day passengers used JETS as a way to get out of the rain and run their errands.
"We're going to get some groceries," said passenger Jeffrey Green.
For those like Green, JETS offers the opportunity to go and do things that previously wouldn't have been possible.
"It is going to help us a bunch. We don't have a vehicle right now, and this will help us get groceries, and stuff we got to do," said Green.
For drivers, the first day on the streets was an opportunity to actually serve the people. The drivers had spent over a month working on making the routes as efficient as possible.
"It's wonderful you get to meet different people. You get hear the input how some of them are really thanking us for the transit system coming in," said Simmons.
JETS expect the number of riders to continue to increase as signs and shelters go up and more people hear about the service.
"Everyone should come get a ride check it out, it is really cool," said Green.