The Denver-to-Charlotte express bus service has been running for almost three weeks with overwhelming response.
â€œTodayâ€™s crowd was the largest we have had,â€ said Tom Campbell, who rides the bus. â€œWe started with eight to 10 people, but today there were 20 people on the bus.â€
Campbell, a Denver resident, has been riding the bus since it began on June 7.
He is happy with the service.
â€œItâ€™s the best thing since sliced bread,â€ Campbell said.
He said the service takes the same amount of time as driving, but he would much rather ride the bus.
â€œThe thing is I can read the paper and donâ€™t have to fight traffic,â€ he said.
Campbell catches the bus at 6:30 a.m. each morning to ride to Charlotte where he works at the engineering department. He returns each day on the 5:32 p.m. bus.
He said he canâ€™t believe how much the east Lincoln area has grown since he has lived here.
â€œI have lived here 30 years,â€ he said. â€œI remember having to go to Lincolnton to go to Harris Teeter.â€
Campbell said he thinks residents will catch on and use the bus service to Charlotte.
â€œIt seems positive,â€ he said. â€œAnd this side of the lake is really booming.â€
Alex Daus, another Denver resident who works at Bank of America in Charlotte, enjoys the â€œstress freeâ€ ride.
â€œItâ€™s awesome, I love it,â€ Daus said.
Frances Vaughn, who also lives in Denver, said that everyone should sign up for the service.
She works at Gateway in Charlotte.
â€œI lie back and relax and donâ€™t have to worry about parking and gas,â€ she said. â€œI donâ€™t know why everybody doesnâ€™t do it.â€
Pam Burton, a Denver resident who works at Bellsouth in Charlotte, used to commute for eight years from Denver.
â€œThe drive just gets longer and longer,â€ she said.
Now she said she is saving a lot of money by taking the bus and itâ€™s less stressful.
â€œI think more and more people will start to use the service as time goes on,â€ Burton said. â€œThis is wonderful, everyone should try it.â€
Want to ride the bus?
The Lincoln County Express leaves the Park-n-Ride lot at Waterside Crossing Shopping Center at 6:30 and 7 a.m.
The bus returns each evening at 5:32 and 6:07 p.m.
Bus fare is $2.20 each way, and exact change is required.
A 10-ride pass is $18.70, a monthly pass is $88.
For more information call CATS at 704-336-RIDE. by Amy Wadsworth