KY River Foothills adjusts Richmond Transit Service

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Kentucky River Foothills Richmond Transit Service

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky River Foothills will make several adjustments to its Richmond Transit Service effective August 28, 2017.

The route is being modified to better connect customers to the places they live, work and play. These changes are intended to improve travel times and meet the rapidly changing mobility demands of current and future riders. In addition to modifying the current route: BUS A; the program is adding a second route: BUS B.

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“Foothills is proud to work with the City of Richmond to provide public transportation services,” said Karmen Marcum, transportation director. “The changes we’re implementing will enhance reliability, efficiency, and ease with which customers move across the city on our bus system. These changes also address feedback received from customers since our last service change.”

For instance, riders surveyed identified the lack of service to the north side of town as one of their top three concerns.

The new route, BUS B, will provide service on the north side of town.

The new route begins on N Keenelenad at Belmont and ends at Save-a-Lot.

This new route makes direct connections to six stops on the other route providing counterclockwise service to BUS A.

These six stops include 5th at Main (library), Irvine St. at City Hall, the Health Department, Baptist Health, Wal-Mart, and Save-a-Lot.

Foothills has been able to purchase new, state-of-the-art buses for this route, the first of which was put in service at the last route change in 2015, and the second is expected to be delivered by mid-October, and will enter service shortly thereafter.

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. launched the Richmond Transit Service on April 16, 2007. The service has been a joint partnership between Foothills, the City of Richmond, and the Kentucky Department of Transportation Office of Transportation Delivery.

Over the years this service has changed the lives of thousands of people by providing access to jobs, education, shopping, and recreational vehicles.

“We appreciate the support of our ongoing riders and pledge to continue to provide reliable, affordable transportation services to the citizens of Richmond,” said Marcum.”

Riders are able to board the bus at any of the stops for $1 or $0.50 for college students with a valid ID. These stops include stores, apartment communities, city and county offices and businesses.

BUS A is on a 90-minute loop from 8 am – 5 pm. BUS B is on a 60-minute loop from 8 am – 11 am and 1:30 pm to4:30 pm.

Riders are able to get on or off at any stop. For $7, riders can purchase 10 bus passes – making each ride only 70 cents.

Tickets can be bought on the bus, at the Foothills office, at the Richmond Senior Citizens Center and City Hall.

Wheelchair assisted door-to-door service is available for no additional cost with 48-hour notice.

The Richmond Transit Service is a public deviated-fixed transportation route, which means that riders can request a stop by calling 24 hours in advance and that the requested stop must be within ¾ mile of the existing route.

Marcum succeeds Bryan Basford, who successfully managed the agency’s transportation program for 4 years. Bryan is relocating to Louisiana later this month. “We wish Bryan the best of luck in his new endeavors and are grateful for how he has impacted the transportation program during his time at Foothills,” said Karen Atkins, public information and projects director. “We are excited to welcome Karmen to our organization. Karmen is entering the agency at a time when we face many new challenges, but it is also a time of defining moments in our organization’s history where we will establish new standards that raise the bar for service delivery to the area.”

The Richmond Transit Service is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is passed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Office of Transportation Delivery. The City of Richmond contributes to this program.

For more information, as well as a list stop times and locations, visit the Foothills Express website at http://foothillscap.org/Services/Transportation.html, or call the Foothills Express office at (859) 624-3236.

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