Husband, Wife start first ever transit system in Forsyth

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One couple in Forsyth say they want to help residents get around the city a little easier. The two started the “Forsythia Transit Company” a few weeks ago and are already partnering with nearby businesses.

It all started with an idea. Erin and Jessee White pinched their pennies and saved up $15,000 and bought an old school bus on Craigslist, fixed it up, and have helped dozens of people around Forsyth.

“We’re doing this all on our own,” Erin says. “We crunched some numbers and the rest is history.”

The couple isn’t wasting anytime telling residents about the service.

“We’re talking to people, they kept mentioning that this was something that we needed. Some of the restaurants, the insurance companies were freaking out because we had no public transportation,” Erin says.

As of now, there’s only one bus. The Whites say if business is successful, they’ll look to get another.

Bonnie Barker wants to see the transit system grow. Her relatively new business, the Anvil Room — a pub and grill — is partnering with the company for when people check out the restaurant for whiskey and wine tastings.

“We don’t want them to be knee-walking drunk, but to have a couple drinks and then feel comfortable driving home because people are much more safety conscious now,” Barker says.

After a few, the bus will take people home.

“Normally it’s $3 one way, $5 round-trip, and then $1 for each additional stop that you want to make,” Erin says.

As word begins to spread about the new business in town, Erin says they’re ready to get riders to their destination.

Erin says she and her husband are relying on bus fare and their own money to front all of the costs. Since the business is just starting, they only have one driver available Monday thru Thursday from 5p-10p.

The Forsythia Transit Company will be transporting people to the recreation center on the north part of the county on July 3 because of limited parking.

For more information about the transit company, visit their website.

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