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For the week of June 5 - 11, 2002


Teens take full advantage of weekly TGIF Bus service

Express Staff Writer

The ‘Thank God its Friday" bus began hauling kids up to Ketchum on Friday nights last year in the spring, and has slowly built up steam.

The Blaine County Teen Advisory Council charters a KART bus, known as the TGIF Bus, for teens going to Ketchum and returning to Hailey. It costs TAC $150 each night the bus is in service. Funds come from the annual summer fund-raiser, Best of the Valley, as well as from a grant received through the Department of Juvenile Corrections.

The TGIF Bus has proven to be successful for the teens who ride it bus weekly to and from Ketchum. Express photo by Dana DuGan

Every Friday at 6 p.m. on Hailey’s Bullion Street teens, primed for some weekend fun, line up for the bus to take them to Ketchum for such activities as ice hockey, movies, or pizza. They each pay $1 and there is always a volunteer adult organizing the boarding. The adult also rides the bus up and back to ensure safety and to monitor behavior.

"Its been quite successful, as far as the kids," said Angenie McCleary, facilitator TAC.

The driver, Dean Richardson, said the average number of riders varies from between 35 and 50 kids. One girl said there have been times they have had to squeeze three into a seat.

The bus will continue all summer.

"If the numbers dropped below five, say, like last summer, we might take a break," said McCleary. She doesn’t imagine that will happen however, based on the increased ridership.


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