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Transit ‘still plugging along’

February 5, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

The director of Country Roads Transit told the Upshur County Commission last week that the agency is "still plugging along," while searching for ways to increase riders.

Laura Woods said the number of college students using the service increased in 2012, but the service saw a decrease overall in the number of riders. She said she is looking for new ways to partner with community organizations.

"We believe it is a vital service, and we don't want to give up on it," Woods said. "We want partnerships that will benefit the community. That's how we will grow."

She said she hopes to continue a partnership started last summer with the county's recreation department. The bus service offered free rides from Buckhannon to the county swimming pool three days per week.

"We hope to continue that again this year," she said. "We transported a lot of kids last year."

Woods asked for the continued financial support of Country Roads Transit in the county's budget. The commissioners asked if there had been consideration of increasing the services to people needing it to go back and forth to work.

Woods said those studies had been done in Randolph County, but extending the hours and services would not be cost-effective.

"It doubles our personnel costs," she said, adding that providing that type of service would mean the addition of personnel and even vehicles. "We found that the people who wanted transportation to work were the ones farthest from our center. It's very difficult without having a fleet of vans going in all different directions."



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