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S.M.R.T. bus system adds fall improvements

LA CROSSE, Wis (WXOW) – The S.M.R.T. bus service has some new improvements to start the fall season.

There are currently four routes in place that connect La Crosse with surrounding towns. The newest, the Green Route from La Crosse to Tomah, now has a new midday service.

S.M.R.T just added a new bus to the fleet to make this happen. The Green Route accesses both Gundersen Onalaska and the Gundersen La Crosse campus.

Gundersen employees and Western Tech students can ride the buses for free. Mayo, as well as other local companies, offer discounted S.M.R.T travel. All to get people thinking about alternative methods of transportation.

La Crosse County Planner Charlie Handy has seen the S.M.R.T routes grow in popularity over the years.

“I think it’s another option. We have so many people choosing to drive one person in one car, which is ok, it’s a good service and a good way to do it,” said Handy.

“This is a much more inexpensive way to get people back and forth to work, to school and the hospitals.”

The county hopes that the bus service will continue to help people save money while offering a greener method of transportation.

S.M.R.T is also adding two new electric buses to the fleet in 2020.

All buses are equipped with bike carriers, have wifi on board, and are handicap accessible. The three older routes also have wheelchair lifts. The Tomah buses do not, but with 24 hours notice, the S.M.R.T. bus Tomah line can make proper wheelchair accommodations for those riders as well.

The routes are available Monday-Friday and standard fare is $3.00 each way. Details and schedules of each route can be found here.

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Warren Sears

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