Gem City Grand Bus Route Changes
The Gem City Grand bus route that serves Laramie and the University of Wyoming will reduce its operating hours on weekends beginning Saturday, Nov. 2.
The new weekend hours will be Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. and the route will not operate on Sundays. The service reduction affects both the Gem City Grand bus route and the Paratransit service for individuals with disabilities.
The Gem City Grand bus will continue to operate 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on all major holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The service reduction is necessary due to a $30,000 shortfall in match funds for the budget year that began Oct. 1, says Carolyn Smith, Albany County Transportation Authority (ACTA) chair and UW Auxiliary Services director.
She says ACTA is committed to provide the best level of service possible within its available budget. Public opinion about the service change gathered last month showed that, although riders are disappointed about the service reduction, they appreciate the service the route provides to the community.
“The majority of the riders that provided feedback will be able to take their trip at another time when the bus is operating or via an alternative mode of transportation,” Smith says. “The service reduction will be reconsidered as next year’s budget is developed, with the goal of restoring any needed service as funding allows.”
The service is currently free to riders. For additional information about the bus route, visit www.actabus.org or call (307) 766-8888 between 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.