Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tackle your bus-riding fears Saturday at free how-to training

Want to ride the bus but not sure exactly how?

Grand Valley Transit on Saturday, Oct. 10, will take the guesswork out of it during a free how-to-ride-the-bus training.

The event is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Grand Junction Amtrak station, 339 S. First St. The GVT training will coincide with the Amtrak exhibit train that will be at the station that day for a self-guided tour.

Since many citizens have never used public transit, the GVT training will include information on:

  • Riding a GVT bus for the first time
  • Learning a new route
  • GVT’s fixed routes
  • Planning a trip
  • Reading schedules
  • Transferring to other buses
  • Paying fares and pass options
  • Loading a bicycle
  • Using a wheelchair lift
“This training will enable any individual interested in riding GVT to gain the confidence and knowledge necessary to utilize GVT services,” said Elizabeth Collins of GVT.

GVT has 12 fixed routes that carry passengers from Palisade to Fruita and the areas in between. All buses are equipped with a bicycle rack, as well as a lift for mobility devices. GVT also strives to make it easy to connect to other modes of transportation including aviation, rail, regional bus, walking and bicycling.

A GVT bus will be on-site at the travel training for attendees to practice loading and unloading a bike, pulling the signal cord to request the bus to stop and using the fare box. 

GVT staff also will have maps and training materials to ensure attendees leave with a travel plan in place. 

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