ROANOKE (WSLS) – Roanoke is taking part in a statewide effort this week that encourages local citizens to try public transportation.
It’s called “Try Transit Week”.
Ride Solutions, a local group that encourages alternative transportation, has handed out more than 1,000 free bus passes to local businesses to get the community involved.
In the past three years, there has been little change in the amount of people taking the bus in Roanoke.
Ride Solutions Program Director, Jeremy Holmes, says now is the right time to make a push and change ridership numbers.
Holmes says that with more people living downtown and the mindset of many Roanokers changing, the group is more likely to be able to convince the community to try the bus.
He says, “It hasn’t been something our community has focused on as a choice option, but as Roanoke has looked at getting greener, being a better outside destination, getting people out of their cars to explore, this is just the time to reach out to those choice riders.”
If you would like to take part, you can pick up a pass at 16 West Marketplace or the Natural Foods Co-Op in the Market.