New bus route from Rouge Valley Transportation District

A bus in the RVTD fleet. (Sammy Shaktah/ News 10)

The Rogue Valley Transportation District is getting ready for one of their newest bus routes, Route 26.

Tuesday, the RVTD is unveiling the new route to the public at Donahue Frohnmayer Park in Medford where one of the busses are parked. The unveiling event took place from 5-7 in the evening.

This new route will connect people to more places in the city like never done before. The areas included will be the Rogue Regional Medical Center, Springbrook, and the north Medford Walmart.

Service for the route will start Monday, July 8th. Tuesday's event at the park celebrates the new route and teaches people how to use it.

The idea has been in the works for quite some time.

"So we've been working on our transit master plan which is where all these routes came out of, for about two years now and the entire planning process for each route to actually get it out and on the ground is about six months," said Melissa Lowry, Associate Planner for RVTD.

This will make daily commutes easier for more people who don't have access to cars too.

"I mean these are people that have doctors’ appointments to get to. There's a certain quality of life that we want to make sure that everyone can have. And being able to provide transit to them is really important so they can go live their lives," Lowry said.

This new route is made possible thanks to almost six million dollars in state funds collected from employee payroll taxes.

If you want to catch a ride on this new Bus Route 26, it plans to make stops every thirty minutes and will go through Asante up to the Walmart in North East Medford.

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