ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSIT ANNOUNCES CEREMONY TO LAUNCH PILOT PROGRAM - OGDENSBURG INTRA-CITY SHUTTLE SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Lawrence County Public Transit, operated by St. Lawrence NYSARC, announced that a ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held to launch a new Ogdensburg Intra-city Shuttle bus service. The event will take place on Monday, February 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the community room at Riverview Towers, located on 232 Washington Street in Ogdensburg, and is free and open to the public.

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne will speak at the ceremony along with Jim Reagen, Communications Director for New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; Donald Hooper, St. Lawrence County Legislator; Wayne Ashley, Mayor of Ogdensburg; Laurellee Roethel, Owner of River Rat Designs; Sean McNamara, Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce President; Timothy Welpe, St. Lawrence NYSARC Chief Operating Officer; and Andrea Montgomery, SLC Director of Office for the Aging.

The Ogdensburg Intra-city Shuttle route will travel daily from Monday through Friday in the city. Stops on the run include: Department of Social Services in Canton, Riverledge, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Centennial Terrace, Riverview Towers, Community Health Center, Center for Sight, Parkview Rise, Belmont Courts, the former Lincoln School, St. Peter’s Square, Veterans Affairs, Price Chopper, WalMart, Aldi’s, Save-A-Lot, and Rite Aid. A detailed schedule with departure times is located at slnysarc.org/public-transit. This route is a pilot program running over the next four months to gauge interest and need for the area. Additional stops may be added after the pilot is completed in June.

In celebration of the launch, riders on the Ogdensburg Intra-city Shuttle may use the bus for free on February 26th starting immediately after the ceremony at Riverview Towers. Please note that arrival times may be slightly delayed on launch day.

Support for this pilot program is provided through a 5311 grant that is funded from the Federal Transit Administration and New York State Department of Transportation. Community Health Center and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center are assisting this project through the purchase of advertising on the Shuttle bus. Additional partners include St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging, Ogdensburg Housing Authority, and The Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce.

St Lawrence County’s Public Transit System provides transportation throughout most towns in the County on Monday to Friday. Rides cost $2 each way and exact fare or token is required because the drivers do not have change. Tokens and 20 or 40 ride passes are available for purchase at 6 Commerce Lane in Canton, NY. Buses are wheelchair accessible. Find us on Facebook @ SLCPublicTransit for more information.

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Contact: Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC
315-386-3529
mquinell@slnysarc.org