Flex Bus to Start Direct Service to Ptown 10/16/06

Direct service to Provincetown commences on Monday, October 16th

Nine times a day, each way, Monday through Saturday

PROVINCETOWN â?? The popular Flex transit bus will begin direct service to and from Provincetown - via Shore Road in North Truro - six days a week beginning Monday, October 16.

The bus will make nine trips into Provincetown and nine trips out of town Monday through Saturday, en route to Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster and Harwich. There will be no service Sundays.

The first bus of the day will leave Provincetown at 6:30 a.m.; the last bus will arrive at 8:30 p.m. In Provincetown, Flex will travel Bradford Street with stops at MacMillan Pier and the Grand Union Supermarket on Shank Painter Road. Direct service will continue until late May when the Provincetown-North Truro Shuttle will resume operation.

OK to Flag Bus

Riders will be able to flag the bus anywhere in Provincetown and on Shore Road in North Truro, just as they have done with the seasonal Shuttle. Flagging is not permitted, however, on the remainder of the Flex route for passenger safety reasons. Riders may transfer at Flex bus stops to/from Plymouth & Brocktonâ??s coach service to Hyannis and Boston, and the RTAâ??s Hyannis to Orleans Breeze bus.

The cost

Flex rides cost $1, no matter the distance traveled; fares are half price for people 60 and older, and people with disabilities who carry an ID card.  Each bus has a rack to carry two bicycles. Those with pets are reminded that only service animals will be permitted to board the Flex bus.    

Flexible Feature

The flexible feature of the service is available in three areas of Provincetown said RTA Administrator Joseph Potzka. â??With an advance reservation of at least two hours, a passenger may be picked up or dropped off at one of three off-route Provincetown locations.â? They are: 

  1. Outer Cape Health Services and nearby destinations at Harry Kemp Way
  2. Housing areas along Seashore Park Drive, north of Rte 6
  3. The Provincetown Inn area in the West End of town

Passengers may make reservations for off-route travel by calling RTA Customer Service at 800 352-7155. There is an extra dollar charge for off-route trips.

Passes Available

Frequent riders may buy a $35 monthly pass for unlimited rides or a transit pass for 20 rides at a 25 percent discount. Passes are sold by bus drivers.          

About Flex

Flex uses new compact buses purchased by the Cape Cod National Seashore. The buses can â??kneelâ? to the ground for easy boarding or the driver can engage an access ramp for those who use wheelchairs or have other mobility limitations

Flex is a new service of the Cape Cod RTA. In operation since June 1, it attracted nearly 40,000 riders during summer and continues to carry about 200 riders a day since Labor Day.

 

Complete information, including maps and schedules, are available at www.TheFlex.org.

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