From Louis E. Svehla, BCC Public Information Manager
Representatives from Walton County are announcing the launch of GoWal, the area’s first public transit service offering free rides to those traveling north and southbound throughout the region. The shuttle buses launched Monday, June 29 along U.S. Route 331, from DeFuniak Springs to South Walton.
The GoWal service will operate Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with buses running twice in the morning and twice in the evening. The morning routes will depart from the DeFuniak Springs Courthouse with a stop in Freeport before arriving at the South Walton Annex. Full route schedules and bus stop locations can be found online at GoWalTransit.com.
Each bus will feature bike racks and free WiFi, along with special accommodations for persons with disabilities. The county hopes this convenient, affordable, and comfortable alternative will provide individuals and families with a new option to commute and explore the area. Although this opportunity will most directly benefit those traveling along U.S. Route 331 for work, the service will also provide full-time residents with less traffic congestion and an increase in available parking.
“Our new GoWal shuttle buses are ideal for residents looking for an affordable commuting option between the northern and southern parts of the county,” said Mac Carpenter, Walton County Planning Director. “We hope to provide convenience and connectivity, allowing individuals to seek new employment opportunities, connect with friends and family, or simply visit one of the many local hot spots we have in the region.”
The name GoWal was selected for this movement-focused initiative because we believe this new route will enable folks to physically “go” throughout Walton County.
For more information, to sign-up for GoWal service updates, or to see a schedule with exact times and pick-up/drop-off locations, visit www.GoWaltransit.com.