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Rush encourages use of new bus service
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
PHILIPSBURG - The Rush Township Supervisors urged the community to give a new commuter bus service a try during last night's regular meeting. Supervisor Mike Savage said after more than three years of hard work, a new service started last Tuesday that goes from the township to State College. The two Area Transportation Authority buses will depart Clearfield and go through Philipsburg before having two stops on the Penn State University campus, in which citizens could then hook onto their Centre Area Transportation Authority service.
Savage said stops in the Philipsburg area include Irwin Drive in Decatur Township, the Gaslight Café on West Presqueisle Street, the former Philipsburg Hotel on East Presqueisle Street, at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and East Presqueisle Street, and the Cold Stream Dam. Pickup times at the previously mentioned stops for the two bus routes are from 5:56 a.m. to 6:07 a.m. for one route and exactly one hour later for the second. The two stops at Penn State would be located at the Bryce Jordan Center Stadium west lot and the Pattee Transit Center (6:38 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., with the second route exactly one hour later). Citizens would then arrive back in the Philipsburg area between 4:53 p.m. and 5:04 p.m. for the first route and one hour later for the second.
Savage said the roundtrip rate from Philipsburg to State College is $6.50 each day. However, Savage said to encourage people to try the ATA trips, the service will be free through Jan. 18. Monthly, quarterly, and annual passes can also be purchased, as an annual pass would have a savings of 50 percent.
Savage also said if you buy a pass and register, you can qualify for the guaranteed ride home program should an emergency occur and you would need a ride back home. This would cover for up to a 50-mile cab ride four times each year. For more information, you can call the ATA customer service office at 1-866-282-4968, or go online at www.rideATA.com.
Savage said the existence of the bus service would depend fully on the amount of riders it receives. If there are not enough patrons, the program would then cease to exist.
In other news:
• no big changes took place during the reorganization meeting, as Pat Couturiaux will once again be chairman and Jack Shannon will be vice chairman. Tom Bainey will be roadmaster, Joan Cowher is the secretary/treasurer, Yvonne Maruschak is the assistant secretary, Dave Mason stays as solicitor, and Michelle Merrow continues as township engineer. The board also approved Kathryn Couturiaux as the township's new representative to the Moshannon Valley Joint Sewer Authority, replacing Ted Patterson, who decided not to stay for another term. Meetings will continue as the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., with the exception of last night's meeting.
• the supervisors said Columbia Fire Co. declined the township's offer of $4,500, stating the company did not want to cover additional territory. The supervisors then accepted the usual offer of $4,000 for fire protection for the upcoming year.
• Walter Hopkins Company LLP was approved as the CPA for the 2012 audit, pending review of their hourly rates.
The next regular meeting will take place on February 14 at 7 p.m. at the township building.
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