Ride Acadiana to launch in August

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 09:47:49-04

 Lafayette transit will be extending services to Acadia parish next month.  Ride Acadiana will launch August 20, 2018. Officials say the route will connect Lafayette to Crowley with stops along Highway 90 in Scott, Duson, and Rayne. 

"Ride Acadiana will provide commuters between Acadia Parish and Lafayette with easy, affordable access to transportation, with the additional benefit of reducing the number of vehicles on the road," said Monique Boulet, Acadiana Planning Commission’s Chief Executive Officer.  "With the success of this pilot route, our hope is to be able to offer similar service in other surrounding parishes."

Acadia Parish residents will be able to access the Ride Acadiana bus from several locations. Bus stops are being finalized in Crowley, Rayne and Duson. There also will be a stop in Scott, as well as several stops in the city of Lafayette. The Lafayette stops include the campuses of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College, and the Oil Center near Lafayette General Medical Center.
The following fare structure has been established:
• Two-ride card – $5 / $2 for riders 65+, disabled and Medicare recipients.
• 12-ride card – $20 / $10 for riders 65+, disabled and Medicare recipients.
• Children under 5 years old ride free.
• Additionally, exact change will be accepted on the bus.
Ride passes will be available for purchase soon at locations in each municipality on the route.

Officials with the planning commission say in the future they hope to expand the regional commuter transit system to other parishes.