Friday, March 19, 2010

Hailey bus service just weeks away

Town Bus will operate 9 hours a day

Express Staff Writer

Hailey commuters will soon have a new public transportation option.

On April 5, Mountain Rides will launch a free "town bus" that will connect the north end of town with Woodside subdivision in the south every hour.

Jim Finch, multi-modal coordinator for Mountain Rides, presented the proposed new bus route to the Hailey City Council earlier this month, congratulating the city leaders for supporting the new service.

"This is one of the only transit regions expanding right now in the United States," Finch said.

The proposed Town Bus route will run from Albertsons grocery store in the north along River Street to Hop Porter Park, eastward to Third Avenue and to the new St. Luke's clinic on Airport Way. The route then follows state Highway 75 to Countryside Boulevard and crisscrosses Woodside until it terminates at the Community Campus, the old Wood River High School.

The bus will run nine hours per day. Drivers will make deviations from the established route to pick up individuals who call and schedule a pick-up 24 hours in advance.

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