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Lafayette Transit System offers free service Nov. 24 & 25

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Lafayette Transit System (LTS) will offer complimentary rides with “No Pay Bus Day” on Black Friday (November 24) and Small Business Saturday (November 25) to all riders for both daytime fixed-route and Night Owl Service. Acadiana Transit, which provides Para-Transit service, will also provide complimentary service those two days.

In anticipation of a higher traffic volume due to holiday shopping, LTS hopes to alleviate roadway congestion and reduce the stress to drivers who would otherwise be navigating crowded streets. “It is my hope that the complimentary bus day will meet our regular transit riders’ needs, whether that’s running holiday errands or getting to and from work,” said Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. “It’s also an excellent opportunity for people who have been wondering about taking the bus to see what the experience is all about.” The No Pay Bus Day promotion applies to all three transit services, including Daytime, Night Owl, and Para-Transit.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all LTS services will be suspended on Thursday, November 23, including Daytime, Night Owl, and Para-Transit. On Friday, November 24, LTS bus services will run the Saturday schedule, including Daytime, Night Owl, and Para-Transit. LTS offices will be closed on Saturday, November 25 in observance of the Acadian Day holiday. The regular schedule will resume on Monday, November 27.

“Let us do your holiday driving for you in a safe, comfortable and convenient manner on this busy holiday weekend,” said Michael Mitchell, LCG Transit & Parking Manager. Enhanced transit service is part of several of the action items in Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan. Through continued improvements, LTS is working to build ridership and confidence in the transit system. Free bus service provides better customer service to the existing rider base and potential transit riders.

Another enhancement to the LTS rider experience is the ability to use Google Maps to access local bus information including stops, routes, and schedules. Using the Google Map application on a smartphone or device, LTS riders are offered a more convenient transit experience with easy public transit directions within the LTS service area. By clicking the transit option within Google Maps, users are linked to their LTS route and can select preferences for the most direct route via stop/station icons that appear on the map.

Beginning Monday, November 13, several LTS Route changes take effect. Due to changes in operational requirements, the pathway and timetable for Routes 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 70A and 70B will be altered. For complete information on the transit route changes visit http://www.lafayettela.gov/presidents/pages/view-newsrelease.aspx?id=482.

For more information on Lafayette Transit System, including all rates, routes for day and night-time service, Para-Transit service and more, visit www.ridelts.com.

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