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Two Doylestown Transportation Services to End

Two local bus service routes will not see the coming of the New Year.

Doylestown rushbus service will end on Dec. 30, a transportation 0fficial said Monday.

"I regret to announce that Doylestown rushbus service will be suspended indefinitely after the conclusion of service on December 30, 2010, as there is no means to pay for service beyond this date," Steve Noll said in a statement.

Noll is the deputy director of TMA Bucks, which also provides the rushbus service in Bristol, Newtown, Richboro-Warminster and along Street Road in Bensalem. Those routes will remain in service, Noll said.

In a separate move, Noll said that Saturday DART bus service also will end at the end of the year, according to Vince Volpe of Bucks County Transport, which runs that service.

Rushbus service had been funded through federal transportation money, Noll said. But the Doylestown rushbus route did not rank highly enough to qualify for funding for the 2011 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

An arrangement between Bucks County government and SEPTA helped fill the gap, prolonging service through the end of the year.

But with Bucks County government facing a shortfall, county leaders had to leave money for the Doylestown rushbus service out of their 2011 budget.

No bus service will be provided on Friday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) or Friday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve). That means the last day of service for the rushbus will be Thursday, Dec. 30.

The rushbus is a weekly local bus route designed to get workers to their jobs, but it also was available to anyone who wanted to use it. Service centered around the Doylestown SEPTA train station and also included the Delaware Valley College train station.

The route ran as far south as the Barn Plaza Shopping Center in Doylestown Township and as far north as the Cross Keys Shopping Center on the edge of town.

TMA Bucks is a Transportation Management Association which focuses on public transportation to help workers get to jobs. Service typically runs from a train station throughout a community, with stops at major shopping centers or large employers.

In Doylestown, those stops included the Bucks County Courthouse, Doylestown Hospital, the county's nursing home, Neshaminy Manor, and more.

Bucks County Transport Inc. is a private nonprofit which focuses on public transportation through a "shared-ride" program aimed mainly at senior citizens and the disabled. Riders must be pre-registered before calling to arrange a ride on one of the buses.

BCT also provided Saturday bus service in Doylestown, which will end at the end of the year.

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