Busses hit the roads Tuesday, Jan. 3 as Yates Transit Service (YTS) began providing public transportation in Yates and surrounding counties. YTS received final approval from the Yates County Legislature in December, clearing the final hurdle to begin operation after the New Year. The public transportation system provides affordable transportation for Yates and surrounding counties.

The process to bring public transportation to Yates County, one of the last counties in the state that does not have a public transportation system for its residents, began in June when the Yates County Legislature approved the plan to move forward. The Arc of Yates began working to leverage the community’s existing infrastructure to provide public transit service to the community. Five routes began operations Tuesday, all beginning from the YTS headquarters in Penn Yan and going to Dundee, Dresden, Rushville, Naples and Geneva.

“The amount of effort put in over these last six months to bring this forward for the community by the January deadline was tremendous,” said Daniele Lyman, President & CEO of the Arc of Yates. Yates Transit Service will be using the Arc of Yates buses and will be managed by the Arc of Yates management. “Because of the transportation system the Agency already oversees, the addition of public ridership on our busses and along the routes we travel was a natural fit,” Lyman said.

The public can find route and schedule information throughout the community at locations such as the libraries, post offices, and the Yates County office building. Information on routes, schedules and fares are also available on the Yates Transit Service website, www.YatesTransitService.com. Community members can also call customer service at 315-694-7700.

The price of a one-way trip has been set at $1 and can be purchased either with cash at the time of pick-up or with pre-purchased bus passes. Riders can catch the bus either at designated stops or by flagging down a bus at any point along the route.

Additional information is available at www.yatestransitservice.com.