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IndiGO to expand bus service in Blairsville

by The Indiana Gazette on March 07, 2010 12:00 AM

The Indiana County Transit Authority plans to increase bus service between downtown Blairsville, Black Lick, Josephine and the retail and medical complexes near the Route 22 and 119 interchange, according to transit director John Kanyan.

The new route will begin March 15.

The service primarily is designed to meet the needs of Blairsville residents who would not have a grocery store within walking distance when the BiLo supermarket closes, Kanyan said.

IndiGO's new Silver Route 25 will cover the loop every 60 minutes starting in Josephine at 10:10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The final trip will end in Josephine at 2:10 a.m.

Stops are planned in Black Lick, the Indiana Regional Medical Center at Chestnut Ridge, Walmart and Excela Health at Resort Plaza, and at four points in Blairsville.

“This circulator service will operate on an interim basis for the foreseeable future,” Kanyan said. “If another grocery store moves into town, we'd take another look at it.”

Kanyan said many senior citizens and nondriving residents already had less access to health care when some physicians moved their offices from downtown Blairsville to the IRMC ambulatory-care center along Old Route 22.

“Many could walk to their doctors and the grocery store. That's just not there now,” Kanyan said.

The fare will be the same as other IndiGO routes: $1 base, 50 cents for those with Indiana University of Pennsylvania or Wyoming Technical Institute identification cards, and free for senior citizens carrying an IndiGO transit card.

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