More Transportation

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Now it's more like a taxi service. Pretty soon, it'll be similar to the Harrisonburg Bus System, where everybody rides for a cheaper price. Except it'll be along the Harrisonburg-Elkton corridor.

"I miss it so much not being able to get in the car and go," Irene Monger says.

"I go somewhere about everyday," Dorothy Seal says.

If you can't drive...or, like Dorothy Seal, are afraid of when that time comes, CART could be the answer.

"You're not cooped up and it's like they said a while ago you feel like if you can't go and do for yourself you just lose it," Seal says.

CART's making the switch to public transportation...that means everyone can ride, they'll use a feeder collector system, vans will pick you up at your door and take you to a collector stop, there a van or small bus will drop you off anywhere between Harrisonburg and Elkton, it offers numerous benefits.

"It's open to everybody the fares are lower than what we charge right now you usually don't have to plan ahead-the trips are not limited," Betty Newell says.

So, what makes it different from Harrisonburg's Transit System?

"We're more alike than we are different the main difference is the buses won't be as frequent and they won't be as large," Newell says.

The details still need to be worked out, that's what today's meeting was for, to get input on fares, stops and times. Newell says it'll probably be $1 a trip with a number of stops in each city and about five trips back and forth a day.

"If ever we need it, it's going to be really convenient for us," Ruth Meadows says.

They're hoping to get the new program started in October and have a three month trial period. If it works out they'll expand throughout the county starting with the Broadway-Timberville area.


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