Bus service begins in Schuyler County
SCHUYLER COUNTY—The Schuyler County Transit, a series of four buses, started operation Monday, Aug. 16.
At the kickoff ceremony held Monday morning at the Human Resources Complex in Montour Falls, County Administrator Tim O’Hearn announced that from now until labor Day weekend, the first weekend in September, bus rides will be free to the public.
The transit service is being operated by The Arc of Schuyler through a contract with the county. The new system will connect the villages of Burdett, Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, and Odessa.
At the ceremony, James Wilson, executive director for The Arc of Schuyler, said people with disabilities have had problems getting transportation for a long time, especially in a rural community. He explained that is why The Arc is involved with this project.
The buses will operate Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The route goes between Odessa and Burdett, with 12 stops total. Some stops include Schuyler Hospital, Wal-Mart, Seneca Harbor Park, and the Odessa Municipal Building.
The standard fare, after the free period is over, is $1 for a one-way trip. Seniors over age 65 and individuals with disabilities pay 50 cents for a one-way trip. Proof of age is required when boarding.
Fares must be paid in exact change, or using a Schuyler County transit ticket. A monthly pass costs $30, or $15 for seniors and people with disabilities.
The transit is also offering a Dial-A-Ride service for individuals with disabilities or who are approved through a contract agency. Dial-A-Ride fees range from $2 to $13, depending on the travel distance.
For more, visit www.schuylercountytransit.org, or call 607-535-3555.