Mentioned in an early TSPOT post, last week the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) celebrated the one year anniversary of the CPACS Express Bus Line — the premier source of affordable transportation for the Asian and Pacific Islander refugee and immigrant community in Clarkston, GA.
CPACS Express serves as an employment mobility project granted by the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom funding programs through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to connect and increase mobility options for the Clarkston community in DeKalb County. Over the course of the last year the CPACS Express was able to serve 5,875 riders with round-trip door to door service and provide 944 community members with training regarding how to access the CPACS Express as well as MARTA.
One of those riders is Tika Devi Acharya, who faced difficulties in securing transportation to work. “One day my former driver stopped taking me to work due to long distance and spending too much money in gas. I had no option so just had to quit that job.”, explained Acharya. Thanks to the CPACS Express Bus Line, Acharya now has access to a reliable transportation option which allowed her to return to her previous place of employment.