‘Feeder’ routes increasing ridership on PAT

‘Feeder’ routes increasing ridership on PAT

By MIKE WILLIAMS

The Patriot

The addition in February of two new “feeder” routes to Pulaski Area Transit’s operation has resulted in increased ridership, according to PAT Manager Monica Musick.

“With the expansion routes we have seen an increase in ridership,” Musick told The Patriot this week.

While there has been an increase, Musick believes there are more potential riders out there.

“Pulaski Area Transit would still like to reach more riders through the expansion routes,” she said.

Musick said the additional “feeder” routes were designed specifically to reach senior communities and areas where the existing routes didn’t serve.

“It is our hope that this will be the much-needed solution to rebuild and grow Pulaski Area Transit ridership,” she added.

Beginning Feb. 1, the two feeder routes were added to the transit operation in an effort to help riders from outside the PAT route to connect with the transit.

Feeder Route 1 starts at Dollar General on Commerce Street and has bus stops at Heritage Park, Dora Highway Trailer

Park, Pine Hill Trailer Park, 3864 Bob White Blvd Apartments, 3902 Bob White Blvd Apartments, DMV, Baptist Church on

Peppers Ferry Rd and Walgreens. This bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. and runs once an hour, with the last bus leaving at 4:30 p.m.

Feeder Route 2 starts at Walgreens and has stops at 2nd Morehead Lane, Robinson Tract Community Center, corner of

Jake Buford and Randolph Ave, Corner of 16th Street and Randolph Ave, Top of Virginia Heights, Altoona Road Trailer Park, Top of Case Knife Road, Corner of Garner Ave and Highland Ave and Dollar General. This bus leaves at 6:30 a.m. and runs once an hour, with the last bus leaving at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, the bus leaves on each route beginning at 9 a.m.

Those residents who live along the route and would like to be picked up by the transit should call the PAT office (980-5040) to let them know where you will be waiting.

The cost for each trip remains only 75 cents.

Again, for more information on the transit, call 980-5040.