ORT chang­ing lot, cost for com­muter ex­press

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

SPRING­DALE — Ozark Re­gional Tran­sit is low­er­ing the cost for rid­ing the com­muter ex­press route be­tween Fayet­teville and Ben­tonville.

ORT has op­er­ated the com­muter ex­press route since early Jan­uary. The route has been a non­stop trip from the North­west Arkansas Mall in Fayet­teville to the Eighth Street and Wal­ton Av­enue area, with a re­turn trip in the af­ter­noon.

The route is be­ing changed to use a new park and ride lot at the Arkansas Arche­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey at 2475 N. Hatch Ave., a block west of Gar­land Av­enue and south of the Ful­bright Ex­press­way exit.

Cost sav­ings re­lated to the move are be­ing passed along to pas­sen­gers, and ad­di­tional bus pass op­tions are of­fered.

The monthly cost is re­duced to $100, and Septem­ber passes are on sale. The ser­vice started late last year at a cost of $182 per month.

A new 10-ride pass has been added for $35.

Both passes can be pur­chased us­ing PayPal or a ma­jor credit card at ORT’s web­site, www.ozark.org.

Sub­scrip­tion passes are dig­i­tal and emailed. The 10-ride pass can be or­dered on­line and mailed or picked up from the com­muter ex­press driver.

Walk-on pas­sen­gers are wel­come if seat­ing ca­pac­ity al­lows for $5 per trip. The sin­gle-pass can be pur­chased with ex­act change from the driver.

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