Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

October 1, 2009

UCARTS bus service has been expanded and is very affordable — catch a ride

Public transportation has finally arrived in the Upper Cumberland. In Cumberland County, it's UCARTS' doorstep-to-destination and then destination-to-doorstep service. In all, the 14-county Upper Cumberland Development District received 75 new buses to be used for public transportation from the federal government's Stimulus Program; Cumberland County has eight of the buses. That was the news Rebecca Harris, UCHRA travel services director, delivered to a packed house on Sept. 17 to those attending the UCARTS seminar in Fairfield Glade. "People at TDOT would be very interested there is this kind of interest in the Upper Cumberland in public transportation," said Harris.

UCARTS has divided Cumberland County into four zones (blue, green, yellow and red), with each having different days of scheduled service. Service is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fairfield Glade is in the green zone, and its days of service are Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is suggested that you schedule your activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to schedule a ride, just call 456-0691 at least 48 hours in advance of those days.

A ride to anywhere in Cumberland County is $1 and then another $1 to get back home. A good way to think of it is that it costs $1 each time you step onto the bus. If you have several stops to make, each return to the bus will cost $1. Cash works best, but so does a check. When the driver picks you up, you pay the driver.

And, actually, if you have a need for an emergency ride on other days of the week, call UCARTS (456-0691), and they might be able to accommodate you if they have a bus near your zone. These unscheduled rides may cost you $2.50 instead of just $1.

Another great option is the Crossville to Knoxville schedule. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there are two buses a day, one at 6 a.m. (returns at noon) and another at 10 a.m. (returns at 4:30 p.m.), that depart from Crossville for Knoxville. Just call them (456-0691) the usual 48 hours in advance and tell them where to pick you up in Cumberland County and where you want to go to in Knoxville and when you want to be picked up there, and they'll take care of the driving. That round trip cost is $17. And, by the way, if you want to leave on the 6 a.m. bus and return on the 4:30 p.m. bus, that can be arranged. Meanwhile, you've not had to gain any more gray hair trying to deal with big-city driving.

Text Only
Lifestyles
  • 20140412_110402.jpg Kids get creative at Youth Expo

    Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) held its annual Youth Expo Saturday, providing young people an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artistic endeavors, from music and writing to painting and traditional crafts of weaving and spinning.

    April 17, 2014 4 Photos

  • AROUND THE TOWN: The Easter egg hunt that never was

    The Easter Bunny should be able to deliver his baskets in pretty nice weather this weekend. The Good Friday and Easter holiday weekend should feature much warmer temperatures than we had earlier this week when snow showers fell on Cumberland County. Cumberland County students were released Tuesday for spring break, but their last day of school for the week found snow and ice falling from the sky and temperatures in the 20s. Students will return to class on Monday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 127 Seniors.jpg Jay Fox performs for seniors after receiving new prosthesis

    On Friday, April 11, the members of the 127 Senior Center had another good time playing bingo and dominos. Bingo was called by Arlene Simmons and Helen Lord, and the bingo gifts were provided by Bob Folger of State Farm Insurance.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marriage licenses

    Publised April 16, 2014.

    April 15, 2014

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Pancake breakfast held for cancer research

    During the year various groups connected with the Pleasant Hill Elementary School provide a Saturday morning pancake breakfast to support the Relay for Life campaign.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fair Park.jpg Final audition planned for talent show

    Last auditions for Crossville’s Got Talent will be this Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Fair Park Senior Center. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. It looks like another good show, so miss this one.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • PLATEAU GARDENING: Cool-season lawn grass fertilization and soil tests

    Recently, I got an inquiry about the right timing for homeowners who want to fertilize a cool-season lawn which has bare spots that need over-seeding. An email from a new resident in the Crossville area asked how to take a soil sample and where to have it tested. Since problems with the pH or fertility of the soil beneath can result in chronically thin grass with persistent bare places up top, testing the soil then correcting pH and fertility to match plant needs can be an important first step in maintaining your lawn.

    April 14, 2014

  • IMG953498.jpg It's a great day to fly a kite!

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Season of fundraising begins

    Spring is in full swing, and this mean there are a host of not-for-profit organizations in Crossville and Cumberland County hosting events over the next few weeks. The first event will begin this weekend with a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    April 10, 2014

  • 4-25 N&N meeting.jpg Investigative forensic science close to home

    NCIS? CSI? Bones? All fictional! Here in East Tennessee, they have a real investigative forensic expert — Dr. Bill Bass.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo