A local bus service touted as a cheap way to expand transportation for all Danville residents when it started nearly four years ago has scaled back its routes in an effort to increase use of the service.
Dan-Tran, an offshoot of the non-profit Blue Grass Community Action Partnership's Blue Grass Ultra Transit Service, started running its blue and white bus in late 2008. Since then, officials say the number of riders has increased, but it is time to change.
Taylor Veatch, efficiency manager for BGCAP, said the $1-per-ride route was modified, and the number of stops was reduced from 22 to 15. Starting July 1, the new loop, which drivers make six times a day, was cut to about an hour compared to nearly two-and-a-half hours before.
Veatch said the group, which has a local headquarters at the Alex Stevens Intermodal Transit Facility on Walnut Street, listened to customers, many of whom told them they couldn't buy refrigerated groceries because of how long the route took. The bus will primarily stop near lower income housing areas and shopping centers, including Aldi and Kroger, and Danville Manor, Walmart and Big Lots.