LCTA Night Service Will Start Sept. 24

September 7, 2018

The long wait for nighttime bus service in Luzerne County will end this month.

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority will initiate night bus service on Sept. 24, authority officials announced Thursday at an event that also showcased the launch of two LCTA buses powered by compressed natural gas.

The first 30 days of night service, until Oct. 24, will be free to riders who board after 7 p.m., according to Norm Gavlick, the authority’s executive director.

LCTA night bus route info

The night service will feature five routes covering the busiest areas of the county, with a focus on transporting second- and third-shift workers to and from their jobs, Gavlick said.

“People will have options,” he said. “More people will have the option to take the bus.”

The nighttime routes will service Hanover industrial Park, CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park, Mohegan Sun Pocono casino and the Wyoming Valley Mall, among other locations.

“The focal points for the night service routes will be the epicenters of employment, commerce and social activities throughout Luzerne County,” an LCTA news release states.

The authority last offered night service more than 20 years ago, Gavlick said.

The authority board in February approved adding night service and offering free rides the first 30 days, to encourage ridership as people became acclimated to the service.

Night service had been scheduled to begin in May, but issues such as driver bidding for shifts delayed the start for months.

The last bus on a night route will return to the intermodal center in Wilkes-Barre at 1:12 a.m.

Night service schedules will be available at the LCTA website as well as at the intermodal center, the LCTA office on Northampton Street in Kingston, the Wyoming Valley Mall, the Anthracite Newsstand in Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.

For information, visit http://www.lctabus.com.

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