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For the week of May 16 through May 22, 2001

TGIF Transportation

Bus for teens starts Friday

Express Staff Writer

A new one-night-a-week bus service for teens between Bellevue and Ketchum starts Friday. The teens behind the idea call it TGIF Transportation.

In reality, it will be a KART (Ketchum Area Rapid Transit) bus providing the Friday-only service, with the blessing of the Ketchum and Sun Valley city councils and KART. The fare is $1.

Angenie McCleary of the St. Luke’s Center for Community Health in Hailey said the three-month-long service is a trial period. The service has sponsors for the first four Fridays of operation, but it still needs sponsors to provide funds the remaining eight Fridays.

McCleary, an Ameri Corps Promise Fellow, said the idea for the bus came out of the Blaine County Teen Advisory Board, which is an offshoot of Blaine County Youth Partnership. Both entities are part of St. Luke’s Center for Community Health.

The four sponsors who have so far ponied up the needed funds are, in order, the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 115, the Rotary Club and Sarah Michael.

McCleary said she hopes that seeing the TGIF bus in operation will encourage the needed sponsors to come forward.

The bus will start its operation Friday in Bellevue at 6 p.m. at the northern end of the Valley Mart parking lot.

It will stop in Hailey at 6:05 p.m. at Sturtevants on Main Street. Its final stop will be at Sturtevants on Ketchum’s Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

TGIF Transportation will start its run south at 9:45 p.m. from the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Main Street in Ketchum,

It will stop at Sturtevants on Main Street in Hailey at 10:05 p.m. In Bellevue, the bus will stop in front of the Valley Market at 10:10 p.m.

Cost of a one-way ride is $1, payable on the bus in paper or coin. McCleary asked that teens use the exact amount.


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