Public Bus Transportation Expands In St. Lawrence County

Public Bus Transportation Expands In St. Lawrence County

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Getting from here to there isn't always easy in St. Lawrence County, especially if you don't drive or have a car. But that's changing as public bus transport ramps up.

“To get to Walmart, or get to Price Chopper, to get to places where you need to get food, or even go to a doctor's appointment – it's a great convenience,” said Chris Engel, Pierrepont resident.

Ridership on public transit buses increased 75 percent last year – due in large part to new services – such as a new shuttle bus crisscrossing Ogdensburg.

“We're constantly moving and spinning and getting lots of residents around to enjoy the wonderful county and what it offers,” said Frank Doldo, county mobility manager.

And get to jobs. And to school. And now there's a new plan to expand services even more. A proposed 5-year plan calls for a shuttle around Massena – and beyond.

“Since Ogdensburg was so successful in their intra-city shuttle, we're looking right now at Massena and combining Massena with Franklin County,” said Doldo.

That would be done by running the bus to Akwesasne. Planners also want to start a college connector service and eventually a shuttle around town in Gouverneur.

County legislators are expected to vote on this new plan in May. If they approve, public transportation should continue its rapid expansion in the county.

Amenities like bus shelters are already being built. Proposed next: WiFi and bike racks on buses.

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