Catch a new ride

Doug Boyer is the lead driver for The People Mover's new run to Walla Walla, Wash. on Tuesdays, starting Dec. 16.

JOHN DAY – Travelers heading north or south out of Grant County now have the option to let someone else to do the driving.

The People Mover is adding two new regular runs, one to Walla Walla, Wash. on Tuesdays, starting Dec. 16, and another to Burns on Thursdays, starting Dec. 18. Both will depart and return to The People Mover barn at 229 N.E. Dayton St., John Day.

Seating is limited, so passengers must make reservations. Veterans traveling to medical appointments will take priority. They can ride for free, but must show their VA card or proof of honorable discharge.

The Walla Walla bus will make stops both ways at Mt. Vernon, Long Creek, Dale, Ukiah, Pilot Rock, Pendleton, and Milton-Freewater. Stops can also be made by request at Ritter and the Pendleton Airport, and also by request, pickup and dropoff in Prairie City.

Stops on the Burns route include Seneca, and three locations in Burns – the hospital, Rite-Aid parking lot and Figaro’s Pizza. Morning pickup in Prairie City and Mt. Vernon can be made in advance.

And from both Walla Walla and Burns, passengers can easily connect to east and westbound public transit systems.

Angie Jones, transit manager for the Grant County Transportation District/The People Mover, said, “These new services will connect Grant County to the rest of the state and provide more travel options.”

The additional service is made possible through the Highly Rural Transportation Grant, funded through the Veterans Administration.

The People Mover is closed on all major holidays.

For schedules and fare information, contact The People Mover at 541-575-2370.

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