Monday, July 5, 2010

"Major Changes" Coming To Cookeville Transit Buses

What are described as "major changes" are coming later this week to the Cookeville Area Transit System. Officials say the changes will include a revision of the routes that the buses run and an effort to encourage more people to use the buses. There will now be two routes running through town, the Green Route and the Purple Route. The Green Route will run in a clockwise pattern starting at the UCHRA Hub and making its first stop at Wal-Mart. The Purple Route will run in a counter-clockwise pattern starting at the Hub and making its first stop at Goodwill Shopping Center. The so-called CATS system is being funded right now by federal stimulus dollars, but officials have said that the buses may stop running if local governments don't step in when the federal money runs out. Starting this Saturday, July 10th, CATS buses will be running from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, while the Green Route buses will also travel on Saturdays from 6 am to 6pm. The bus system will also be offering free ride Saturdays during the month of July.