Goodwill gets into the bus business

       There's a new bus service in town.
       Goodwill Industries took on that role - just to serve its own clients, at least for now - after TRE (The Resource Exchange) decided last summer it could no longer afford to continue providing specialized transportation.
       Goodwill obtained the five TRE buses (hiring two of its drivers) and put the Goodwill logo on the sides of the vehicles.
       For the most part, the service is geared for 39 Goodwill employees who otherwise would have been unable to get to work at the Westside-based nonprofit, explained company spokesperson Laura Marth.
       “That's why we chose to pick up the transportation component, to help them get where they need to be,” she said.
       It's also a more efficient bus ride. With TRE, the Goodwill riders were not the sole group being served, so the routes usually were longer than they are now, Marth said.
       Drivers pick up Goodwill people on four routes (one bus is left as a spare).
       The routes go north to Briagate, east to Peyton, south to Fountain and west to Manitou.
       Medicaid covers the bulk of the costs.
       It's not the first transportation involvement for Goodwill. The company has been using vans to carry Goodwill janitorial workers to the Air Force Academy.
       Now that the company has gotten involved with buses, “we have plans to work with other transportation providers [such as Silver Key],” she said. Discussions have been going on about “how to help each other out.”

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