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Bus service connects Grants Pass, Medford

Weekday bus service between downtown Grants Pass and downtown Medford starts Tuesday.

Dubbed the "Rogue Valley Commuter Line," buses will run five times daily, Monday through Friday.

Last week, drivers took a test run, making additional stops in Rogue River and Gold Hill.

"It went well," said Scott Chancey, program supervisor with Josephine Community Transit.

Three 45-foot-long buses have been donated by Lane County Transit for use in the new run.

"It's the same bus you would see in a large urban area," Chancey said.

The buses just arrived last week, so the past week has been a bit of a scramble. A federal grant of $450,000 helped launch the service.

The new line likely will benefit Rogue Community College students, as well as workers traveling between the cities. People using the Medford airport might even use the new line to avoid paying airport parking fees, Chancey predicted. Long-term parking fees at the airport are $9 a day.Bus fare is $2 each way. Children 6 and under ride free. Drivers do not carry change, so exact fares are required.

Boarding in Grants Pass is at the Anne Basker Auditorium, 500 N.W. Sixth St., near the front of the Josephine County Courthouse.

The ride terminates at the Rogue Valley Transit Front Street Station in downtown Medford, just blocks away from RCC's Riverside campus.

From the Rogue Valley Transit station, riders can transfer for free to other Rogue Valley Transit buses in Medford. Riders coming from Medford can transfer for free, too, to Josephine Community Transit buses.

Transfers are good for one hour after deboarding.

Riders wishing for the bus to stop in Rogue River or Gold Hill must call in advance.

Buses leave Grants Pass for Medford at 6:35 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Buses leave Medford for Grants Pass at 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 4:25 p.m. and 5:25 p.m.