GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenlink Transit started started new bus routes Monday in Greenville County.
More buses running back and forth on the same routes instead of in a loop. With this change, there will be more opportunities for buses to come sooner than every hour.
A new stop was added for the Walmart on Wade Hampton Blvd. in Taylors, S.C. Another route will now go from downtown Greenville to Mauldin and then continue to Simpsonville.
Passenger Michael Downs said the change saves him an hour or more on his way home from work.”
“I love it,” Downs said. “It’s going to work better for me.”
Greenlink’s interim director James Keel said as Greenville has grown, funding for Greenlink hasn’t kept up.
“We have a lot of funding issues,” he said.
These changes are the result of a study about how to use Greenlink’s resources more efficiently without spending more money.
About seven percent of the service area was cut, which should affect about two percent of current bus riders, according to Greenlink.
“It actually used to go by my house, but now it dosen’t,” said Greenlink rider Kimberly Moser.
Moser said some of her co-workers will be affected by this, especially those who live in Greenville’s Grove Station Apartments.
“So many people rely on the bus in Grove Station that I don’t know how they’re going to get their groceries or anything like that,” Moser said. “Some of them don’t have cars. No one can afford an Uber around here.”
Greenlink also launched a new monthly pass with the TouchPass system. Riders will be able to use the re-loadable TouchPass smart card or the smartphone app to purchase a 31-day unlimited ride pass for $50. Students will be able to buy the pass for $42 a month and seniors will be able to buy the pass for $25 a month.