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Waynesboro bus ready to roll

December 03, 1997

Waynesboro bus ready to roll

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Rouzerville Express, Waynesboro's second bus company to begin service this year, will finally roll Sunday after several months of delays, its owner said Tuesday.

Owner Bob Backer said his bus service, which will operate in the evening Thursday through Saturday and Sunday afternoon, will enhance rather than compete with the public bus system that has been making daylong runs through the borough Monday through Saturday since September.

Subsidized with a $68,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, that service was launched by the Chambersburg Transit Authority at the request of local senior citizen groups.

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Seniors ride the CTA bus for free. Children pay 50 cents and others are charged $1.

Ridership so far has exceeded expectations, according to a report for local officials.

Backer said his private bus service will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon. His 15-passenger bus, a 1990 Ford, won't start service until noon Sunday.

Backer said he has invested about $10,000 to buy the bus and install route signs. His relatives will serve as drivers in the family operation, he said.

His route will follow that of the CTA bus, running along Pa. 16 from Rouzerville to Zullinger. It will make 18 stops, beginning in the east at Sunshine Bowling Lanes in Rouzerville and ending at the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena in Zullinger. Stops will include Wayne Heights Mall, Waynesboro Mall, Chestnut Logs and Mountainside restaurants, plus eight stops along Main Street.

Riders will be able to request special stops by calling an 800 number for a cell phone carried by the driver, he said.

His service will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

He said his service will concentrate on children going to the skating rink and seniors and adults heading to the malls.

Riders will pay $2 for a one-way trip and $3 for a round trip, Backer said.

He is offering a special promotion with free rides all day on the four Sundays in December, he said.

"This will give people three free rides to the malls to Christmas shop and one free ride after Christmas to return their gifts," Backer said.

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