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Free bus trips between Medford, Grants Pass offered

Free rides on the Rogue Valley Commuter Line are available the week of Monday, Sept. 22, to highlight a new transit service between Grants Pass and Medford.

The Rogue Valley Commuter Line began on Sept. 2, providing five trips per day between Grants Pass and Medford with stops in Rogue River and Gold Hill. The first service leaves Grants Pass at 6:35 a.m. and arrives at the Rogue Valley Transportation District Front Street Station at 7:35 a.m. There are two morning runs, a mid-day run, and two afternoon runs.

Rides normally cost $2. Riders can transfer to RVTD or Josephine Community Transit buses to reach their final destinations, officials said.

A celebration of the new commuter service at the Grants Pass City Council Chambers is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 23. The event will open with refreshments at 10:15 a.m., followed by remarks from Grants Pass Mayor Darin Fowler. The service will depart at 11:05 a.m. for the RVTD Transfer Station in downtown Medford. Refreshments will be provided there before the service returns to Grants Pass.

In coordination with the event, all rides on Josephine Community Transit will be free on Tuesday. Sept. 23, too.

The commuter bus line is a three-year demonstration project funded by the Middle Rogue Metropolitan Planning Organization using federal congestion mitigation and air quality funds.

For more information about the Rogue Valley Commuter Line, see

http://www.co.josephine.or.us/page.asp?navid="1718".