2007-06-06 / Editorials & Letters

Public transit is alive and well in Licking County

Editor:

Good news for Licking County residents! Public transit is alive and well in Licking County! With the rising cost of fuel, I would like to invite Licking County residents that live outside the Newark/Heath area to call 670-5185 (ext. 1) to schedule their transportation to anywhere in Licking County. If you live in the Newark/Heath area, the Newark Heath Taxi Token Program is available for your use.

The Licking County Transit Board members, our General Manager Lorretta Frenton and the entire staff at our transit facility work daily to assure safe, handicap accessible, and well-trained drivers to assist you with your public transit needs. The growing need for reliable public transportation will continue to increase as the cost of fuel continues to rise. All citizens are impacted and it is with them in mind we continue to work to assure an alternative for transportation needs. This year over 2,000 young adults will graduate from our local high schools; we congratulate them on their achievement and encourage them to consider our reliable transportation when moving on to their next adventures and responsibilities.

The Licking County Transit Board (LCTB) provides curb-to-curb public transit throughout the County. One-way trips are $5.00 if scheduled in advance (by 1:00 pm the day before). If you are an elderly or disabled citizen, you can complete a simple form to receive a discounted fare of $2.50. Trips may be scheduled the same day, if there is room in the schedule. Same day one-way trips are $6.00, or $3.00 for the elderly and disabled citizen. The current hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If your gas costs driving to work are more than you are willing to pay, you can also call 1-888-742-RIDE (7433) to receive information on the many benefits of car or vanpooling. This service will match you up with others that want to travel to a similar destination. This is a great way to cost-share your trips to and from work. Please keep in mind that you can also car or vanpool to and from work right here in Licking County or any other work destination.

Licking County residents have some options to driving their own vehicles during these times of high fuel costs. Give us a call today at 670-5185 ext. 1 to schedule your public transit trip. If you need additional information, you can call 670-5185 ext. 4 and speak to Lorretta Frenton, LCTB General Manager.

We are going places and will take you with us! Marcia Phelps Chair, Licking County Transit Board

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