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Oldham’s Public Bus service adds two new buses to fleet

One older bus will be retired

LA GRANGE, Ky. (August 2017) – Residents of La Grange, Ky., are getting new wheels for free rides with the recent arrival of two new public buses operated by Oldham’s Public Bus service. This service has been managed by the City of La Grange since 2013 with two buses, but now the added buses will enable the program to serve even more people, according to Transportation Supervisor Sue Fuller.
“We plan to retire one of the old buses and keep the other one as a backup,” Fuller said.
Oldham’s Public Bus is part of the Transit Authority of River City, or TARC. Last December, Fuller asked the La Grange City Council for money to purchase two new buses since repairs to the existing buses often kept one or two buses in the shop.
Often, when the buses were unavailable, Fuller would drive around and pick up riders herself.

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Oldham’s Public Bus has operated in La Grange since 2013.

As a result of her funding request, the council in January voted to provide $80,000 along with a federal grant provided from TARC for $18,000 toward the purchase of the new buses, The buses arrived in July and have been awaiting paint and the new logo before they hit the road. Fuller had hoped the buses would be operational by late July but one of them will be ready in early August.
“We operate only one bus at a time on a set route,” Fuller said. “We also have shifts where we pick up and drop off people from work each day.”
Although the buses run a set route, they will travel up to one mile off the route to pick up people who are physically unable to get to a route stop, she said, as long as there is a safe turnaround area available.
Oldham’s Public Bus service is only $1 for adult, 50 cents for senior citizens and free to children ages 3 and under. It allows riders to get to the grocery, post office appointments and other places. The service accommodates about 70 riders a week, Fuller said, with more than half of them senior citizens or handicapped.
All the buses, old and new, are handicap accessible. They can accommodate 12 riders and two wheelchairs.
The service only operates within the city limits of La Grange, however, Fuller said she is hoping the service can someday be expanded throughout the county if funding becomes available. “Right now, I have no idea when that would be.”

Oldham’s Public Bus operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Oldham’s Public Bus at (502) 222-6400.

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