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Mark Adelman with Danville Transit spoke at a public meeting Wednesday on the Southern Virginia Regional Transportation System, which is set to start up as soon as September, pending approval of a state operating grant. The system will link South Boston, Danville and Pittsylvania together with three passenger buses providing rides for $2 per person. Danville Transit has already purchased three buses, each seating 14 passengers, for the new system. It is slated to operate daily in South Boston from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing transportation for people who need a ride to work, to education and job training centers, and to health care facilities. Stops in South Boston will be located at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, the SVHEC and at industries that include ABB, Dollar General, Presto, Annin Flag and Faneuil. The service will also offer off-route stops within one-quarter mile of the fixed route, three-quarters of a mile for people with disabilities and mobility needs. There will also be a Reserve-A-Ride option for door-to-door service in the three-locality service area. Upon reaching Danville, passengers can shift destinations at the Danville Transfer Center, allowing additional travel to Chatham, Gretna and Hurt. The system is being funded for three years through grants obtained by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Afterwards, it will be up to local governments to determine if they want to continue offering the service — by providing a local share of funding that Adelman said would likely be less than $40,000 annually. Pictured in the above inset is the passenger bus that will be used with the service, featuring an onboard ramp for easy access. The buses running between South Boston and Danville will also have free Wi-Fi. (Tom McLaughlin photo)
SoVaNow.com / January 31, 2019

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"It is slated to operate daily in South Boston from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, providing transportation for people who need a ride to work, to education and job training centers, and to health care facilities."

Do riders need to show proof that they will ride only for these purposes? So you can't ride the bus if you want to go shopping? Visit family or friends? Go to the YMCA? Visit a Museum? No evening hours to attend a cultural event?


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