Public bus service finally comes to town

t’s taken years to get public bus service to Clinton County.

But it’s finally here … thus taking the City of Lock Haven off of the list as the only third-class Pennsylvnaia city without such transit.

River Valley Transit buses are running from Williamsport to Jersey Shore and into and throughout Clinton County six days a week.

It started Tuesday.

Get on the bus, as they say.

Rides are free through March 10.

Just ask the nearly one dozen people who rode the bus here on the very first day.

One rider went downtown.

Another went to Walmart.

The very early start in Williamsport lends itself to workers who commute from locations east of here to, let’s say, First Quality in McElhattan or Lock Haven, and UPMC, Truck-Lite and other industries and businesses.

After March 10, bus tokens can be purchased at either Downtown Lock Haven Inc. at 205 E. Main St. in downtown or at the STEP Inc. Clinton County Community Center in the Clinton Plaza off Walnut Street.

Watch for the “Bus Stops Here” signs to be placed at designated stop locations along the entire routes.

Riders on the bus can even push a “Stop Request” to get off at intersections along the routes.

Besides the Clinton County Industrial Park, Lock Haven Hospital, the community center and downtown, stops include Lock Haven University, Walmart, the county’s Piper Blue Building, and other stops.

The catalysts for this bus service have been Lock Haven University, county governnment and private partners.

The City of Lock Haven is a full sponsor, too.

Even more sponsors would lessen the financial burden on all sponsors.

Call RVT or the county commissioners if interested.

Of significance: Nearly three-quarters of River Valley’s fleet of some 33 buses are powered by natural gas. You’ve got to love that reduced carbon footprint.

RVT gave 40,000 rides to those in wheelchairs in 2017. Of course, there still is taxi service here via Lock Haven Taxi for those needing specific transportation.

It’s all progress.