By Ronica Shannon
Senior News Writer
Those who take advantage of Kentucky River Foothills’ Richmond transit service will see some schedule changes beginning Tuesday.
“The changes are intended to improve travel times and match ridership demand,” said Karen Bailey, spokesperson for Kentucky River Foothills.
A few additions to the route include Kentucky Utilities, and Madison County Health Department and the Wallace Building on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.
Foothills’ bus route stops at 28 locations in the Richmond area, including residential, retail and human service stops over the 12-mile, 90-minute loop.
Tickets will remain at $1 each, and riders will be able to board the bus at any of the stops.
Bulk passes are available. Riders may purchase 10 bus passes for $7, which makes each ride only 70 cents.
Tickets can be bought on the bus, at Richmond City Hall, or the Richmond Senior Center located at 1215 W. Main Street.
RTS began in April 2007 and averages approximately 1,600 riders per month. Since its inception, the route has been a joint partnership between Kentucky River Foothills Development Council Inc.(KRFDC), the City of Richmond and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
“KFRDC has been pleased to work with the city of Richmond to provide public transportation services,” said David Sowder, KRFDC transportation director. “We appreciate the ongoing support of our riders and pledge to continue to provide reliable, affordable transportation services to the citizens of Richmond.”
Riders can request a stop by calling 24 hours in advance. The requested stop must be within three-fourths of a mile from the existing route.
“Our services are for everyone who needs a ride,” Sowder said. “For 26 years Foothills has been working to increase the availability and use of accessible transportation by our citizens. We will continue to work diligently to ensure our updated Richmond route is successful.”
Kentucky River Foothills also offers bus routes in Berea and Winchester.
The full bus schedule, including stop times, can be found at www.foothillscap.org.
Call the KRFDC Transportation Department at 624-3236 or 1-800-819-7083 for more information.
Tickets for the Richmond/Berea connector route is $2 per round trip. Riders must call 24 hours in advance to schedule a ride for the next day.
After arriving in Berea or Richmond, riders will have access to other points along the city transit bus routes.
Pickup/drop off points in Berea include Berea Health Ministry, Walmart and City Hall.
Pickup/drop off points in Richmond include the Madison County Courthouse and Walmart.
The connecter route is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding is passed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Transportation Delivery and the Madison County Fiscal Court.