WinTran, state teaming up on transit effort

Posted: September 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Starting on Monday, the WinTran bus service will join with a state agency for a week to promote public transportation.

Winchester’s bus system — which has about 120 stops in the city and Frederick County — will be a part of the fifth annual Try Transit Week, a statewide initiative of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), according to Renee Wells, city transportation director.

WinTran donated a ticket book with 20 single-ride tickets to the DRPT as a prize for someone who signs an online pledge to try public transportation during the week, Wells said on Friday.

“This is the first year they’ve ever asked us to donate passes; normally we just post fliers to get the information out,” she said. “I’m glad DRPT is trying some different things this year. It encourages folks to use [public] transit if they’ve never used it before.”

Adult tickets for WinTran buses cost $1; half-price tickets are available for students, seniors, individuals with disabilities and Medicare cardholders. Children under 2 ride for free. Transfers to other buses are free.

“[Public transportation is] not going to be for everyone,” Wells said. “We don’t have the frequency [of bus routes] like they do in larger cities, but you can always work around that ... because it is so affordable.”

She added that even if local residents do not use WinTran regularly, they should at least know how the system works, since they might have a need to use public transportation someday.

More information about Try Transit Week is available at www.trytransitweek.org.

— Contact Matt Armstrong atmarmstrong@winchesterstar.com