Lancaster Seeing Early Success With First Bus Route
Buses started running up and down Memorial Drive in Lancaster on July 1st, marking the start of a six-month trial period for the new bus route. The only public transportation previously available to residents of Lancaster, a city of 38,000 southeast of Columbus, was a door-to-door service requiring advanced reservations.
The new bus route runs from the Job and Family Services office at the corner of West Main Street to the Meijer store nearly four miles to the north on Memorial Drive, making stops along the route. The fare is 50 cents, and the route runs hourly from nine to five.
Carrie Woody, Lancaster’s Public Transit Administrator, said that early indications are the route is a success.
“We have had more ridership than expected in our first two weeks of operation, which is encouraging,
said Woody. “We hope to see the community continue to use this new service so that we are able to keep, grow and expand the route into other areas of the city.”
She added that so far the feedback from residents has been positive; “in general, the consensus has been that it’s a great new service, affordable and easy to use. There have been individuals that expressed they would typically have to walk but since the fares are so affordable they are able to ride. The only set back thus far is that it is limited to Memorial Drive; (some) would like to see it extended to the east side of town.”
More information can be found online at www.ci.lancaster.oh.us/dept/transit/.