A¿new bus service connecting Lexington and Ashland — with a stop in Winchester — completed its first month of operation Wednesday, largely under the radar in Clark County.
The service began Aug. 1, said Reggie Addy, inner city bus director for the Louisville-based Miller Trailways. The service was created after the company performed a needs assessment, he said. It also has a route connecting Louisville, Frankfort and Lexington.
Kentucky from Louisville to Lexington since 2002,” Addy said. “ ... People were asking for it, and we started it.”
The bus runs twice a day in both directions between Louisville and Lexington, and once a day between Lexington and Ashland. The service drops off riders in Winchester during the Lexington-Ashland leg of the circuit. The Winchester stop is at the Road Ranger truck stop, 5400 Revilo Road, near Bypass Road. It departs Lexington around 1:30 p.m. and drops off at Winchester around 1:45 p.m.
Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner and Nancy Turner, executive director of the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission, said Wednesday they had not heard of the bus service.
“We wanted to make sure that we got all of the bugs out of it before we went and approached city officials,”¿Addy said.
Miller Trailways, an operation of Miller Transportation, has been operating in Kentucky and Indiana for more than 25 years. The company specializes in charter bus, minibus and shuttle van transportation.
While operations could be better, Addy said the new route has exceeded expectations. He said the company is hopeful that as word spreads, business will increase.
A¿one-way ticket from Louisville to Lexington is $25, and a one-way ticket from Lexington to Winchester is $14. A¿full list of services can be found at www.hoosierride.com/schedules.asp, and tickets can be purchased online at www.hoosierride.com/ticketing/Default.asp.
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