Things are about to get much more convenient for riders of the NET Trans bus route that runs from Jonesborough to downtown Johnson City.
Since the spring, residents of Jonesborough have enjoyed being able to take an inexpensive bus trip to visit downtown, go shopping or travel into Johnson City.
After several months of running the route throughout the week, NET Trans has adjusted the Connection, adding several more stops and more convenient times to its route, according to NET Trans Director Tim Jaynes.
“It’s going to be coming faster and more often to provide more ridership,” Jaynes said of the new route.
Initially, the Jonesborough Connection began at the town’s Visitors Center and ended at the Johnson City Transit station, with stops at Main Street Village, historic downtown, Bethel Housing, the senior center, Wetlands Water Park, Ingles, the White’s shopping center, Food City and Walmart along the way.
The new brochure for the route features 10 stops Jaynes referred to as “time-points,” including a new stop at Walgreens. While not listed as time-points, the route will continue to stop at Bethel Housing, Main Street Village, Ingles and Food City with several new stops that run every 30 minutes.
While the changes have caused some confusion for riders who utilize the route on a weekly basis, Jaynes said the changes are expected to benefit anyone who uses the route.
The town of Jonesborough is currently working with NET Trans in getting 10 bus route signs in place at the various stop locations to help clear up some of the confusion, Jaynes said.
The Jonesborough Connection has been a very successful route that has seen much use since it was put in place, Jaynes said. The restructuring of the route is in response to the route’s success.
“It is viable. We just started with some points to see how reliable the route would be. Now what’s happening, we know where stops are, we know what stops we to add, so it’s increasing. We’re able to enhance it and provide more service for people,” he said.
Route fares are $1 a ride for adults or a $25 unlimited monthly pass. College students with a school ID and children ages 5 and under can ride for free.