In an effort to attract more college students and area workers, Pulaski Area Transit (PAT) will extend its hours of operation and cut its student fare in half starting in October.
According to PAT Director Gary Heinline, the public transit service will add one hour to the beginning and one hour to the end of its weekday schedule. That means buses will be running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 1.
Saturday’s schedule will remain the same (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Heinline said the fare for students using the service to New River Community College, which currently is $2 each way, will be reduced to a dollar each way as of Oct. 1.
By starting the weekday routes at 7 a.m., it should be easier for those needing transportation to NRCC, Heinline said. By the same token, the afternoon pick-up at the college will be 4 p.m. rather than 3:30 p.m. so that should also help those needing transportation to and from work.
Since partial funding for the service is provided by a New Freedom grant from the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, priority is given to those with disabilities.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 980-5040.
Other PAT funding is provided by the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County.