The Tri-River Transit Authority will soon add more routes in Logan County, according to Director Paula Smith.
Smith said the transit authority is looking to expand its bus service to more areas and to link up with the Kanawha River Transit Authority, which services Kanawha County. She said a project she’s currently working on is adding routes in Man and Omar.
"In Logan County, we are getting ready to service the Man and Omar areas," Smith said. "I'm working on a schedule now. I don't know when it will happen, but it is in the works.”
Smith said long trips can now be made by riding a Tri-River Transit bus.
“Someone could get on a bus in Man to get to Logan to get to Boone County to get to Charleston,” Smith said. “It might not be the shortest way, but it can happen. I know that's going to be big for the Man and Omar areas.”
Tri-River Transit has 13 buses that travel around 1,800 miles a day. In a month, the bus service travels 65,000 miles on average, Smith said.
The transit authority director said she is also working on being a connection between other bus services.
"In Boone County, we're going to start going to Whitesville one day a week and we are going to take those people to the South Ridge area and we'll travel the Marmet route,” Smith said. “(Kanawha River Transit) is wanting us to bring that route into their transit mall in Charleston. By doing that, someone could get from Logan to Boone County to South Ridge to the Charleston KRT transit mall where all their buses come in and on to Huntington and to Ashland, Ky. We're kind of like the middle man. We will be connecting two of the largest systems in West Virginia. That is in the works."
Smith said that as gasoline prices rise, so does the number of people riding the bus. She said Tri-River Transit is a cheap way to get around to grocery stores, doctor’s appointments, malls and other areas. The fare, she said, is still only $1 per person and that has not risen with the cost of gas.