Bus Service Gets Closer To Reality

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A commercial bus service taking people from Eastern Kentucky to Lexington or Louisville and back, is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Officials with Miller Trailways Bus Service met with leaders in Pike County Wednesday afternoon to get the project off the ground.

Leaders say this is needed in Eastern Kentucky because a study shows almost 90% of people in that area travel to Lexington for health care, business, or education. Many on low-income can not afford the gas or do not have a car to get there.

The bus service is expected to help.

Miller Trailways officials say a bus like this one could soon travel from Pikeville to Lexington and Louisville, daily. Charity director Monk Sanders says it is needed.

"We get people every week needing transportation to lexington," said Sanders.

He cannot take them all, so Miller Trailways is offering a commercial bus service in Eastern Kentucky to help. The idea is to help those who do not have reliable cars or gas money for the 300 mile round trips.

It would be based in both Pikeville and Hazard. Buses would run from there to Lexington and Louisville, and back about four times a day.

Pike County leaders are jumping on board.

"We're entitled to that. We don't need to be an isolated people in 2009. We need to connect to the rest of the country," said Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.

Leaders believe it will not only help people here, but can also work the other way with people who live in larger cities.

Officials believe it could increase attendance at tourist spots and lead to more money spent in restaurants in Eastern Kentucky.

Officials are applying for grants to start the service, but say the benefits outweigh the costs.

Miller Trailway officials say they have a deal with Greyhound, so if people want to go to another city out of Kentucky, they can transfer to a Greyhound bus in Lexington or Louisville.

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  • by Tracy Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 28, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    This would be a wonderful thing for our side of Kentucky.. its sad we have to go 2-3 hours to even get to the nearest airport. We desperately need a way to connect with the bigger cities in our state.
  • by Lynn Location: Mcdowell on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    This would take away from other services, currently in all both Pike and Perry counties. Which would result in lost jobs in the process and the officals are backing it.
  • by Billy Location: Marrowbone on Feb 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    So. "90% of people in that area travel to Lexington for health care, business, or education." I call BS on that. No way is that true. Why don't you check this stuff out instead of telling us what Leaders say.
  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    what about other areas? i know many people in harlan that also need assistance getting to and from doctors etc. even just a day of shopping
  • by Kelly Location: Letcher on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    This would be a great benefit for our communities in eastern Ky. But would enough people take advantage to keep it going.
  • by Jim Location: Phelps on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:21 AM
    This is an economic failure from the start.
  • by Bill on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    They better be carefull.People with any IQ at all may never come back.
  • by nc on Feb 11, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    I would love to see Buses and Taxis here in Eastern Kentucky. For some its a struggle to afford gas. Some people have a hard time with driving so something like this would be a Godsend in my opinion.
  • by John Location: Van lear on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:42 PM
    Is it a short bus???? I'm only allowed to ride short buses.
  • by Jenna Location: Pike on Feb 11, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    First we hear of this fantasy commercial airline coming and now a bus service, I think both are short lived.


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