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.

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