Lexington County

Free bus fares debut Monday in Lexington County

brantin@thestate.comJuly 5, 2013 

CMRTA bus

HANDOUT PHOTO — CMRTA

— Lexington County residents looking to access health and public services, shop, or conduct general business along some of the community’s major thoroughfares will have a free option to so, beginning Monday.

The county announced Friday that Pilot Bus Route 26B will offer roundtrip service between downtown Columbia and Lexington’s Red Bank Crossing at 1070 S. Lake Drive – where the state health department, the Department of Social Services, and Lexington-Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council offices are located.

The pilot bus route runs through Sept. 30 and will provide roundtrip service three times every Monday, with pickup points in Cayce, West Columbia, and the town of Lexington.

The Columbia-based bus will depart from the Downtown Transit Center in Columbia every Monday at 8:15 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. with six stops between the Transit Center and Red Bank Crossing. The Cayce stops will include Knox Abbott and State streets and 12th and Poplar streets. The West Columbia stops will include Sunset Boulevard and Craft Street and Lexington Medical Center.

The town of Lexington stops will include Walmart and Chick-fil-A (at Sunset Boulevard), and the Lexington County Administration Building at South Lake Drive and Myers Way.

The Pilot Bus Route, an arm of the Central Midland Regional Transit Authority, is being made possible through a partnership among Lexington County, the cities of Cayce and West Columbia, Lexington Medical Center and the town of Springdale. The free fares have been underwritten by a donation from Darrell Croft Ministries.

For more information, contact Lexington County Community Development at (803) 785-8121.

Reach Rantin at (803) 771-8306.

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