Just get on the bus and ride

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — The first bus arrives next Tuesday at 5:45 a.m.

That’s the first bus in a daily bus service around town, something this city has not had for decades.

The new bus service, to be provided by River Valley Transit, also offers something Lock Haven has not had before — it will take passengers to Jersey Shore and and all the way to Williamsport and back.

Buses will run six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

Everyone’s encouraged to hop on one of the RVT buses and give it a try. All rides will be free through Feb. 28.

“Just get on!” said RVT General Manager William E. Nichols Jr.

“After years of planning at the state and local levels, River Valley Transit has successfully worked to add this important new service. This marks the first time buses will travel daily between the two cities,” Nichols said. “We have been very fortunate to have as partners Clinton County, its housing authority, the City of Lock Haven, PennDOT, Lock Haven University and others that have helped bring new bus transportation service across the region.” Local industry First Quality is also involved, but as a silent partner.

RVT will run two types of bus routes for the greater Lock Haven area.

The Clinton County Express routes offer bus transportation between Lock Haven and Williamsport, with the rider able to stay on the same bus all the way to the destination. These routes will run in the early morning and the late afternoon.

The Clinton County Connector routes offer the same general idea, but the rider headed from Lock Haven to Williamsport must get off at Jersey Shore and catch a different bus. The transfer is free. The connector routes will run mornings, mid-day and early evenings, according to Nichols. They are designed to accommodate work trips as well as shopping, medical and other trips.

Both the Clinton County Express and Connector routes will make multiple stops, Nichols said.

The local bus stops include: Lock Haven University, Ross Library, STEP Clinton County Community Center, First Quality, UPMC Lock Haven Hospital, the post office, Weis, Lock Haven Gardens, Walmart, Clinton County Piper Building, UPMC — Bald Eagle Court in McElhattan, and others, as well as every block along the route in the city.

As the service first gets up and running, bus patrons on the sidewalk will be able to flag the bus down at points other than regular stops, Nichols said.

Riders also may pull the cord inside the bus to indicate they wish to get off.

Route schedules and maps are available online at www.rideRVT.com, on the MyStop MyRide smart phone app, and in the printed Clinton County Ride Guide. Guides should be available in various locations starting around Feb. 15.

The MyRide smart phone app also tracks the bus location and time of arrival.

River Valley Transit’s mission is to provide public transportation service on a regional basis. Since its inception, the transit system has greatly expanded. It serves three-quarters of the population of Lycoming County and is now reaching into Clinton County.

RVT provides regional service in partnership with these communities: Duboistown, Hughesville, Montgomery, Montoursville, Muncy, South Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Old Lycoming Township and the City of Williamsport. Lycoming County government is also a partner, as are Lycoming Mall, Lycoming Crossings, Williamsport Home, and UPMC.

A variety of bus passes are offered, including EZ Fares. These are available on board each RVT bus, as well as at the Trade and Transit Centre II customer service office, 144 W. Third St., Williamsport.

RVT also is setting up locations in Lock Haven where bus patrons may buy passes, Nichols said.

People who can ride for free, even after Feb. 28, are Lock Haven University students, Clinton County government employees, City of Lock Haven employees, UPMC employees, senior citizens age 65 and older, and children age 5 and younger.

Discounts will be given for youth age 17 and younger, and riders with disabilities who have the appropriate ID. Older riders age 60 to 64 may visit the STEP Clinton County Community Center and ask for coupons for discounted fares.

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