A new bus route between Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake is scheduled to start service Oct. 3.
“There is an interest in this route,” Nancy Dougal, Essex County Transportation Coordinator, said about the new Cascade Express bus service line. “Originally, it was just going to be between Elizabethtown and Lake Placid, but then we decided to expand the route to Ray Brook and also to North Country Community College.”
Dougal said that the new route is part of a changeover throughout the transportation system.
“In an effort to meet the needs of our communities we have developed new schedules for all of our routes,” Dougal said. “The Cascade Express will operate between Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake. We will travel in the morning from Elizabethtown to Lake Placid, Ray Brook and NCCC in Saranac Lake, back to Elizabethtown. In the afternoon, we will travel from Lake Placid to NCCC to Ray Brook to Elizabethtown back to Lake Placid.”
Dougal said that the route will operate 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to areas in North Elba and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shifts to areas in Elizabethtown.
“We are getting the word out because we want to have riders from the first day,” Dougal said. “The route will be on our website.”
Dougal said that the addition on the route to Ray Brook and North Country Community will help those that work at the state or go to school get there, or provide opportunities for those who may not have been able to get to the school a chance to further their education.
“Maybe we can help some students plus provide a way for more people to be able to attend college,” Dougal said.
For more information on the Cascade Express and the routes offered by the Essex County Department of Transportation, visit their website at www.co.essex.ny.us/CrossingCommunities.asp.