New transportation service pilot program at Western to begin Jan. 12

CULLOWHEE – In cooperation with the Student Affairs Office and the Student Government Association at Western Carolina University, Jackson County Transit will offer a new transportation service from Western into the downtown Sylva area beginning Jan. 12.

The service will operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m. Two pick-up and drop-off points have been identified on campus—-near the University Center and Alumni Tower, and near Wachovia Bank at the McKee Building loop lot. Signs will be posted at each location.

Transportation will be continuous during these hours, with stops at Wal-Mart, In Your Music Emporium on Main Street in Sylva, and the Kel-Save/Radio Shack area. Fares will be 50 cents per boarding. Riders should have the correct fares, as drivers will not make change. Students and the general public who are interested in using this service may pick up bus schedules at all the locations listed above.

“I hope this new route will prove to be instrumental in helping our county deal with the issue of traffic congestion on N.C. Highway 107,” said Chuck Norris, Jackson County Transit director. “I would encourage Western students and Jackson County residents to take advantage of this cost-effective service.”

For more information, visit Jackson County’s Web sites at or, or contact the WCU Student Affairs Office at (828) 227-7147.

The bus schedule is listed below. There will be no return trip to campus for buses departing at 6 p.m.

Highway 107 Public Transportation Route

1. McKee Loop 2:00 p.m.

2. Alumni Tower 2:05 p.m.

3. Wal-Mart 2:20 p.m.

4. Downtown 2:35 p.m.

5. Kel-Save 2:45 p.m.

6. McKee Loop 3:00 p.m.

7. Alumni Towner 3:05 p.m.

8. Wal-Mart 3:20 p.m.

9. Downtown 3:35 p.m.

10. Kel-Save 3:45 p.m.

11. McKee Loop 4:00 p.m.

12. Alumni Tower 4:05 p.m.

13. Wal-Mart 4:20 p.m.

14. Downtown 4:35 p.m.

15. Kel-Save 4:45 p.m.

16. McKee Loop 5:00 p.m.

17. Alumni Tower 5:05 p.m.

18. Wal-Mart 5:20 p.m.

19. Downtown 5:35 p.m.

20. Kel-Save 5:45 p.m.

21. McKee Loop 6:00 p.m. to Sylva (NO RETURN TRIP)