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My Ride free, fixed-route bus service to start full service in Rock Hill on July 1

Post Date:03/15/2019 4:56 PM

News Release

March 26, 2019

The City of Rock Hill, in partnership with Winthrop University, Piedmont Medical Center and Family Trust Federal Credit Union, debuted the first bus of the new fixed-route transit system, My Ride Rock Hill, today at Fountain Park. The fare-free service will operate four routes along key corridors in Rock Hill starting July 1.

Bus service was originally scheduled to start in April; however, due to a delay with the manufacturing process, the City expects to take delivery of the final bus in June. Full service is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 1, 2019, with the Downtown/Knowledge Park Loop starting on June 10.

Erick Hawkins, Transit Administrator, said the downtown route is the shortest of the four routes, so by starting service on June 10 it will allow for additional driver training, as well as the opportunity to test battery performance on each of the seven buses. He added that buses will be riding routes regularly over the next few months to fine tune schedule timing, and for driver training.

The service will run Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Downtown/Knowledge Park Loop will have extended service on Fridays and Saturday until 9 p.m. The only holidays service will not run is Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

My Ride Rock Hill is all-electric system with seven Proterra Catalyst® 35-foot buses, assembled in Greenville, SC. The buses are outfitted with free wi-fi, mobile charging ports, infotainment screens and bike racks. Buses are ADA compliant, with features such as wheelchair ramps, automatic voice annunciation system, destination and route signs, and priority seating with a wheelchair securement system.

Mayor John Gettys said, “Leading up to the service start, the first bus will make appearances at local events to build awareness and excitement about the system. Every successful city has some form of public transportation. Significant cities take the extra step to offer it fare-free with free wi-fi and charging ports, using all electric buses with zero emissions. Thanks to our partners for helping to make this possible.”

The transit hub where all four routes will converge, will be located on Laurel Street, between W. White Street and Peachtree Street near Family Trust Federal Credit Union headquarters. The hub will be relocated in the future to a permanent location on the ground floor of an upcoming parking deck located at University Center on W. White Street.

Winthrop University, Piedmont Medical Center and Family Trust partnered with the City of Rock Hill to implement the transit system. Each organization contributed toward the investment, and have graphics featured on the exterior of the buses.

Winthrop President Dan Mahony said, “This is an exciting time for Rock Hill with much growth and many new initiatives underway, like the bus system. Winthrop is proud to be a partner in this endeavor, which will bring visitors to our campus and provide our students and entire campus community with a convenient option for getting around the city. Seeing the first bus at the rollout event makes the project feel that much closer to reality.”

Riders will be able to locate the bus in real time on the website, MyRideRockHill.com, and from a free mobile app. There will also be a text feature for riders to text a stop code and receive a reply with arriving bus times.

The four routes include:

Route 1 | Blue Route: Downtown/Knowledge Park Loop

  • Loop connecting Winthrop University and Downtown Rock Hill, via Oakland Ave, Main St, Black St, Wilson St, and W. White St.
  • Frequency—30 minutes

Route 2 | Green Route: Saluda/Heckle Loop

  • Loop serving areas along Saluda St, Heckle Blvd, W. Main St, Herlong Ave, Piedmont Medical Center, Constitution Blvd, and W. Main St.
  • Frequency—60 minutes

Route 3 | Yellow Route: Cherry/Riverwalk Line

  • Out and back route connecting Downtown Rock Hill, Winthrop University and Riverwalk, via Cherry Road.
  • Frequency—60 minutes
Route 4 | Red Route: Dave Lyle/Galleria Line
  • Out and back route connecting Downtown Rock Hill and Galleria Mall, via Dave Lyle Blvd.
  • Frequency—60 minutes

More information is available by calling 803-329-RIDE (7433), on the website at MyRideRockHill.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at My Ride Rock Hill.

 

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