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Yes, Oak Ridge does have public transportation!

There were many more buses in Oak Ridge back in the Secret City days than we have today, but the fact that we do have public transportation may be one of the better-kept secrets of 21st-century Oak Ridge.

A friend asked me recently about transportation options for people who no longer drive and want to get around Oak Ridge without feeling dependent on family and friends. Actually, I know of two services supported by public funds, but when I tried to look up the details, I discovered that the information was elusive. Eventually I did assemble the needed information. For the benefit of others who may need the information, here are some details of Oak Ridge’s transit services:

Van Transit. Vans operate in Oak Ridge from 8 am to 4:30 or 5 pm (sources differ), Monday through Saturday, except for major holidays. Anybody can ride. It costs $1.50 per ride ($3 for a round trip). Young children ride for half price. The phone number for the service is (865)482-2785 — you need to call 24 hours in advance to reserve a ride. The service has a website at http://oakridgepublictransit.org, but it isn’t functioning right now.

Taxi coupons. Oak Ridge residents who are over age 55 or have a physician-certified disability can get coupons that provide discounted rides in the local yellow taxis. The coupons cost 75 cents each (sold in books of 12 coupons for $9). One coupon covers the first $3 of your cab fare; you have to pay for any cost over $3. They are sold at the city senior center on Emory Valley Road between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Phone the senior center at (865)425-3999.

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  1. Reposted! Thank you for sharing!

  2. […] van transit system. The one-way fare will rise to $2, but otherwise the service is what I described here back in March. During the meeting, when several Council members asked staff how the public can […]

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