Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:47PM - 889 Views

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Rachel Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON - Hamlin-Public transit systems around the state will offer riders some financial relief in honor of the State of West Virginia’s 150th birthday celebration by reducing their rates for a day.

Tri River Transit will reduce its fare to .50 cents on Thursday, June 20th, with the normal rate being $1. During this special celebration, the Tri River Transit encourages everyone to take advantage of the reduced rates and hop a bus.

West Virginians and visitors to our state depend on public transportation every day for work, business, recreation, shopping, and access to education or medical services. It enriches communities by providing safe, affordable transportation and is important to the economic vitality of the state. The state’s public transit ridership totaled seven million for the 2012 fiscal year.

The public transportation buses have been serving the public in Mingo County for approximately 4 years. Numerous citizens within the county depend on the buses for transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery store shopping and taking care of personal business such as banking, plus many other reasons.

“We’re very appreciative to have the transit system in Mingo County,” stated County Commissioner Dave Baisden. “Anything we can do to help accommodate our residents and make their lives easier is at the top of our priority list.”

For more information on the transit bus schedule, which is in Mingo County four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), you may contact the Executive Director of Tri-River Transit (Paula Smith), at 304-824-2944. You are also encouraged to visit their newly revamped website at tririver.org to view a complete bus schedule. There is an app for smartphones on the website if you are interested in acquiring it for your personal use.

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