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Free rides promote Waynesboro bus service

October 19, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro area residents got a free bus ride Saturday in the first promotional effort by the borough's new public bus service since it began running more than five weeks ago.

Doug Filson, director of the Chambersburg Transit Authority, which is providing the bus for Waynesboro, said so far about 40 riders a day have been boarding the new line daily.

It makes an 18-mile, 28-stop circle through the borough and Washington Township Monday through Saturday. The bus runs from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The fixed route makes stops at housing developments, both malls, Waynesboro Hospital, YMCA, senior center, human services offices and health services.

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Seniors ride free, children for half-price and others pay $1.

The service was launched on Sept. 9, following years of lobbying efforts by senior citizen groups. About 500 senior citizens have signed up to use the service.

Filson said more stops will be added at housing developments occupied by senior and low-income families because residents have requested bus service, Filson said.

"We are holding our own," Filson said of the ridership so far.

When the service began he had said he wanted 30 passengers a day to ride the bus. He topped that by 10 riders with the latest count and said he hopes eventually to raise it to 50.

He said the service has been running smoothly. "People have been telling us that we're the best thing that happened to Waynesboro and how appreciative they are, but we still have some fine tuning to do," he said.

Donald Haugh, an AARP spokesman, said the buses are picking up more senior citizens every day. "We know it will take time for people to get used to it," he said.

The Waynesboro service is being subsidized by a $68,000 grant to CTA. The governments of Waynesboro and Washington Township will put in 10 percent of the cost and the rest will come from rider fees.

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