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JAUNT Adds Bigger Buses to Accommodate More Commuters

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A regional transit system in central Virginia is adding seats to one of its rural commuter routes.

JAUNT is rolling out a pair of new buses to meet demands for more riders trying to get into Charlottesville. The bigger buses will bring people into the city from Buckingham County.

The two new buses arrived at JAUNT's Charlottesville hub Monday. The 28-seaters are the largest buses in the system's 80-vehicle fleet. Each can carry four more passengers than the older buses could.

The Buckingham commuter route picks up people in the morning, takes them to Charlottesville, and returns in the evening. JAUNT says ridership on that route increased 3.4 percent over expectations.

"We started the service back in 2006 and ever since then, through the support of the county and the commitment they've made in trying to provide a service to connect people from the county to jobs in Charlottesville, we feel we've seen an annual increase in ridership and we continue to see that now," said Brad Sheffield, JAUNT assistant director.

Sheffield also says the bus service is seeing a 5-percent increase in ridership system-wide since July. The biggest increases are on those rural commuter routes from Buckingham, Albemarle County and Louisa.

JAUNT says that some days it has a wait list for riders to get seats, but expects the bigger buses will eliminate that.

The Buckingham route runs Monday through Friday and costs riders $3.50 each way.

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