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Essex County expanding bus service

The county currently operates 4 buses, which seat 18 people. The bus routes would hopefully help increase the efficiency of county services.

The more we work on coordination, the more funding we'll get from outside the county state and federal so it doesn't impact the taxpayers, said Dougal.

All Essex County Public Transportation buses are wheel- chair accessible. The bus has scheduled stops and offers a "flag the driver" option to passengers to be picked up along the scheduled route where its safe to stop.

Transportation in Essex County is a long-standing issue; the county is the second largest in the state in land mass. The countys evaluation also suggested that a Willsboro/Essex to Elizabethtown route was worth investigating.

We're working on trying to help people move around the county, other than having a personal vehicle. It's getting expensive to have a car and to put gas in it, said Dougal.

At this time Essex County is accepting applications for part-time drivers. A successful candidate for the positions must have a valid CDL license to operate an 18 passenger bus with passenger endorsement. Information about the additional service, schedules, fares, and the driver positions can be obtained by calling the Essex County Planning Office at 873-3685.

In Keene, Supervisor William Ferebee is investigating the possibility of establishing a weekly trip to Lake Placid. Ferebee said the request had been made by NYS Department of Transportation Intermodal Transportation Specialist Michael LaBello, and the town was investigating since the towns bus had been purchased with federal funds.

The town currently offers a weekend summer shuttle for hikers, traveling from Marcy Field to the trailhead of Mount Marcy. Ferebee said the summer shuttle was well-utilized, with fares covering operating costs.

Ferebee remained skeptical of the bus being used by residents for a Lake Placid route, stating that while the route was not a bad idea he doubted that there would be enough interest.

The trip, which would take place during a weekday, might start this autumn or by Memorial Day next year. Ferebee would appreciate calls of interest to the town hall at 576-4555 to help with planning.

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