SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the County of Lackawanna Transit System or COLTS is adding a new service on Saturdays.
People will now be able to take a bus from downtown Scranton to the Shoppes at Montage or the Cinemark movie theater in Moosic.
The new service will start this Saturday.
COLTS managers say the new weekend route will be on a trail basis through the end of the year but admit if people use it it could become permanent.
Micheline Jenkins of Scranton relies on the COLTS bus system, especially to get to work.
“I use the bus everyday, on a daily basis,” Micheline Jenkins said.
Saturday is her normal day off. She’s excited to hear that she will now be able to do her Christmas shopping by taking a bus to the Shoppes at Montage on the weekend.
“A lot of people go to the Viewmont Mall because we don’t have transportation up to Montage!” Jenkins said.
Managers at COLTS thought it was pretty common sense.
Starting this Saturday, buses will now make two trips to the Montage Mountain area in the morning and two more in the afternoon.
“It’s enough of a schedule to allow people to go up, maybe go shopping, go over to the movies,” Gretchen Wintermantel, COLTS Communications Manager said.
The new Saturday route has Brianna Mead excited.
She doesn’t have a car and right now is only able to do her shopping in Dickson City.
“I would prefer to go to the Montage stores, like the Christmas Tree Shops, the movies, Ruby Tuesdays and Johnny Rockets!” Brianna Mead said.
COLTS managers say they’ve already received a lot of phone calls and questions about the new Saturday route.
“We are trying to get service where it’s needed most and at times it’s needed most!” Wintermantel said.
This could be just the beginning.
COLTS has just finished paying back millions of dollars to PennDOT for having inflated ridership numbers so with more money, COLTS managers say they might be considering other route expansions in the coming years.
The new schedule for the SATURDAY ONLY #99 MINOOKA/MONTAGE BUS is:
9:45 AM: Leave Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
10:00 AM: Arrive Cinemark
10:05 AM: Arrive Shoppes
10:20 AM: Leave Shoppes
10:40 AM: Arrive Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
10:45 AM: Leave Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
11:00 AM: Arrive Cinemark
11:05 AM: Arrive Shoppes
11:20 AM: Leave Shoppes
11:40 AM: Arrive Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
3:30 PM: Leave Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
3:45 PM: Arrive Cinemark
3:50 PM: Arrive Shoppes
4:10 PM: Leave Shoppes
4:30 PM: Arrive Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
4:30 PM: Leave Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)
4:45 PM: Arrive Cinemark
4:50 PM: Arrive Shoppes
5:00 PM: Leave Shoppes
5:20 PM: Arrive Downtown Scranton (Bay 8)