PUBLIC TRANSIT PLANNING
The GCLMPO Study Area is served by several transit systems operating in Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln counties. The City of Gastonia operates a fixed-route system within Gastonia, while each of the three counties operate demand-response and deviated fixed-route services.. These agencies each develop and submit transportation projects for funding through the MPO as well as by the NCDOT Division of Public Transportation. These projects are listed in the NCDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which may be viewed here. The GCLMPO will continue to promote an integrated local and regional public transit system.
An effective transportation system is critical to the economic and social well being of the community. The City of Gastonia recognizes the importance of developing an efficient transportation system that is environmentally sensitive and fiscally responsible, while being responsive to the community’s needs, remaining consistent with land use plans, and fostering economic vitality. The goal is to achieve a balanced system that meets the needs of people of all ages and abilities, while also meeting the needs of businesses, industry, and area employers.
Gastonia Transit’s bus fleet consists of seven (7) 2004, 35-foot transit buses, three (3) demand response vans, and one (1) compressed natural gas (“CNG”) bus. All units are air-conditioned and designed to accommodate mobility impaired passengers. All buses pass through the Downtown Transfer Terminal, the Bradley Station. This allows for easy and quick transfers to be made. Gastonia Transit covers over 300,000 miles per year, providing service to over 282,000 passengers annually.