Rural Economic Assistance League, Inc. (REAL) was formed in 1973 and in 1985 initiated public transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities. In 1995, REAL became a rural public transportation provider and a political subdivision of Texas that Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458 authorizes, and therefore receives state funds for transit services. REAL serves as a rural transit district (RTD) for 9 counties in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, including Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties.
As an RTD, REAL operates the demand-response service, REAL Transit, serving the public transportation needs in the 9-county service area. REAL operates public transportation services outside the service area to Corpus Christi on a daily basis and to San Antonio on a regular basis. REAL provides and coordinates rural public transportation with adjacent transit districts and the urbanized provider for increased regional access and connectivity. In addition, REAL contracts with LogistiCare to provide non-emergency medical transportation for eligible residents within REAL’s service area and partners with multiple local agencies and organizations to provide transit services to their clients.
REAL has four transit centers within its service area – Alice, Beeville, Falfurrias and Sinton – and operates maintenance facilities in Alice and Beeville. REAL maintains centralized administrative, reservations and dispatching functions out of it’s headquarters in Alice, TX. The governing body of REAL Transit is comprised of a volunteer 12-member board of directors.
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