Local transit company providing free transportation for college students in rural communities to, from campus

  • Date: 05/27/2022

ALICE, Texas — If you've lived in the Coastal Bend for some time, chances are you've seen a van with "R.E.A.L" across it drive by at some point. You may have not known what it was for, who it was for, but it's likely passed you by at least once, if not several times.

R.E.A.L stands for the Rural Economic Assistance League, Inc.

The transit company, based out of Alice, serves 9 area counties and has been serving the Coastal Bend region for 30+ years.

Pamela Garza, Mobility Management for R.E.A.L, wants to remind residents the service is for everyone.

"Sometimes, when people see the R.E.A.L van they think automatically just seniors or people with disabilities, and yes we do see them, we have the buses and units that can accommodate them if they use a wheelchair, but we transport anybody. We can transport anyone.”

According to Garza, R.E.A.L was recently selected as the only transit company in Texas to receive a nationwide grant worth $90,000 to provide transportation for rural residents, expand higher education options and training opportunities at no cost.

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