At a time when many riders are asking questions about the possible privatization of the BC Transit, Broome County is answering by increasing service to one area. YNN's Chris Whalen tells us about a new stop along the way in Johnson City and how it could help the community.
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- The state-of-the-art school on Columbia Drive in Johnson City has brought all of JC's students to one campus, however, its location on top of the hill has also kept many parents and families away.
"We have a percentage of our population that has a hard time having access to our school district. They lack the resources or the transportation to get here," said Johnson City School District Superintendent Mary Kay Frys.
Starting next week, the BC Transit's #17 bus will depart the Oakdale Mall at 8:30 with service to the district's campus. An outbound bus will return in the 11 o'clock hour to pick riders up and return them to the mall.
"We feel that the additional stops will be a great way for parents and grandparents to get more involved by giving them a way to get to the plays and the sports events and the conferences," said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.
BC Transit currently provides transportation for the Binghamton School District by dropping off and picking up riders at Binghamton High School. However, unlike that contracted service, this is merely a route diversion that will not add any cost or inconvenience to riders or taxpayers.
"Really, it's kind of a win-win. It doesn't cost any money, it doesn't disrupt the service and we're able to provide service to the school district," said BC Transit Commissioner George Bagnetto.
Anyone planning on using the service will have to alert BC Transit ahead of time. A call to the information desk will alert drivers that they will need to deviate their route to the school.
The new service will begin Monday.