An alternate way to Charlotte is just around the corner.
Starting June 7, the Charlotte Area Transit System will begin service from Denver to Charlotte.
The pickup point will be at Waterside Crossing at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. There will be two morning trips leaving at 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. which will arrive in downtown Charlotte at 7:15 and 7:45 a.m.
Stops include Charlotte Transit Center, Wachovia Bank, Duke Energy and Bank of America. Return service is at 4:38 p.m. and 5:13 p.m., arriving in Denver at 5:32 p.m. and 6:07 p.m.
One way tickets are $2.20, and monthly passes are $88. Monthly passes include two emergency rides home per month via local cab service from the pickup location of Waterside Crossing.
Greg Coffey, president of the East Lincoln Betterment Association, is pushing to get as many riders as possible.
Coffey, a Denver resident, will be riding the bus to work to Charlotte from now on and said it is a great thing that the county has added.
â€œI plan to give up my parking downtown and ride the bus,â€ he said. â€œI am trying to encourage others to do the same.â€
The bus service, which was approved in April by Lincoln County commissioners at a cost of $40,752, can be eliminated in 30 days if ridership is low.
In order to prevent this from happening, Coffey is going to make sure residents know the service is available.
He is going to be sending out a blast of e-mails to ELBA members to encourage them and their neighbors to use it.
Coffey is planning on also making an e-mail list of people who will ride the bus.
â€œThat way we will know who the people are that want to participate,â€ he said.
Coffey is confident the service will be beneficial. He said he knows about a dozen people who will likely ride the bus.
â€œI think there will be a good response,â€ he said. â€œInitially it is going to take awhile.â€
Coffey said the benefits of riding the bus are endless.
â€œThere is no money for parking, no gas or oil to worry about,â€ he said. â€œThere is also no wear-and-tear on your car, and you can read the paper on the way to work.â€ For more information or to purchase a pass call 704-336-RIDE