To increase public transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority voted to enter into an interlocal agreement with Macon County to provide a $3,375 grant to expand the Macon County Transit’s shuttle service to and from the Appalachian Trail.

Over the last few years, Macon County Transit, on a request basis, has shuttled hikers from trail heads in Macon County into Franklin. Because the cost of the on-demand service was not something Kim Angel, Macon County Transit Director thought could be sustainable alone, last year the transit worked with the Appalachian Trail Community Council to develop a six-week pilot program that provides two trips a day to and from the Appalachian Trail.