Walton County recently announced the launch of GoWal, the area’s first public transit service offering 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 free 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.
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.
During the midst of COVID-19, GoWal is taking precautions to ensure our employees and riders are safe. Riders are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask, practice social distancing while riding, avoid touching objects inside the bus when possible and sanitize hands before and after rides.
Additionally, Lysol spray and wipes are used to disinfect during the day and drivers are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when transporting riders.