Public Transportation on Its Way

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

People often complain that they can't go shopping, visit a friend in another town or that they feel restricted because they don't have transportation. Thanks to the 250 Connector those problems could come to an end.

"There are a lot of people in this town who don't have transportation," said Mike Burnette of Staunton. "You see them walking everywhere."

Burnette is forced to walk these days because his car is down; he said public transportation would be a big help in Staunton.

"I'm walking down to the Auto Zone," said Burnette, "and I live near Gypsy Hill Park. It's a good hour walk one way and an hour back."

For people like Mike, a solution could come as early as next year. It's called the 250 Connector.

"Our mission in Staunton is to improve the transportation system," said Mark McGregor of the Virginia Regional Transportation Association, "to provide more access to public transportation for the residents of Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro."

The service will be run by the Coordinated Area Transportation Services or CATS. The 250 Connector will run every hour, Monday through Friday between 8a.m. and 6 p.m. Stops will include grocery stores, shopping centers and the Augusta Medical Center. The service will start Jan. 6, 2003.


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