Fixed bus route to run in Gloucester
Bay Transit will start a fixed transit route in Gloucester Court House and nearby areas beginning Monday, transit director Ken Pollock said.
Bay Transit has been granted additional funding from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation for expanding transportation services within this region. A total of $115,000 will help Bay Transit run a fixed route in and near the Gloucester village. The company will also run a fixed route on the Northern Neck to serve Warsaw, Montross and Callao.
The Gloucester route will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, initially with a 13-passenger bus. Grant funds will help Bay Transit purchase a 20-passenger bus, Pollock said. Each of the vehicles has a lift to assist handicapped riders.
The route will include stops at the Dollar Tree at Shops of Gloucester, at Walmart in Fox Mill Center, at the Gloucester Library in Main Street Center, at Heron Cove and the Morgan Building on opposite sides of Main Street, at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, and at Food Lion supermarket in Walter Reed Plaza.
According to Pollock, each round trip will be one hour, with four round trips Monday through Friday.
Bay Transit will track how many people get on and off at each stop, Pollock said, and may add or subtract stops as needed. For example, Bay Transit is considering adding a stop near the Comfort Inn and adjacent Hampton Inn south of the village, Pollock said, as well as a possible stop at Edgehill Town Center.