"Zipping" Around Town Possible

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The Zip Public Transit system unveiled the design of its new buses Thursday. It's a collaborative effort between the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians, the state Department of Transportation, and the community development partnership in Philadelphia.

Zip Transit will provide rural transportation in the Choctaw and Philadelphia communities for as little as $1.00 per one way trip.

"And we're going to let everybody ride for free for a week, just to get used to public transit," said Billy Robertson, director of Choctaw Transit. "Because let's face it, rural Mississippi and public transit are two terms that don't go together, so we're going to give these people a chance to learn."

"The Mississippi Choctaw has worked very diligently over the years to provide public service to those people who need to move from job to job, or to come to special events like Ham Jam or the Choctaw Indian Fair or the Neshoba County Fair," said Creda Stewart, public information officer for the Choctaw.

Those free rides will be offered to the public Feb. 14-19. For more information, contact Zip Public Transit at (601) 650-7466 or check out the website www.ziparound.org.

A ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the maiden ride of the Zip, will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 22 with festivities set for the south side of the square in downtown Philadelphia.