STEUBENVILLE -- The Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority has begun the process of adjusting its month-old Wintersville line by planning for more hours of service on weekdays.
The line currently serves passengers from 6:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., but transit manager Frank Bovina told the SVRTA board of trustees Thursday afternoon requests for service after 3:45 p.m. are numerous enough to consider changes.
Bovina said he's hoping to implement a longer day for the Wintersville service Oct. 4, giving him enough time to find drivers in SVRTA's part-time and fill-in pool to take the additional hours. He said two of SVRTA's regular full-time drivers are off sick, but if it can be arranged, full-time drivers also will have a chance at overtime on the run.
"We want to be sure we have the drivers for a full five-day week," he said. Bovina said he hopes to have runs on the route through 6:30 p.m.
He said he and Wintersville Village Councilman Robert Martin, who pushed for the service to the village,k have been getting calls about users who can get either to Wintersville or to Steubenville under the current hours, but then have to find alternate means to get home after 3:45 p.m.
"It's college and high-school aged kids and adults, It's tough to classify them," he said.
Martin, who is serving in a non-voting position on the SVRTA board while the trial service continues, thanked Bovina and the transit board for the service and making adjustments to serve the requests.
"I am asking the people of Wintersville to give Frank and his team time to work on this," he said.
Board member Ruth Casey said, "We still are learning what all the requests are, but give us a few months and I think we will shake this down into a really good service."
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