By Julie Howle, Pickens County News
A new Greenlink bus route connecting Greenville and Clemson that began in September will service two stops in Easley along U.S. 123 in what a leader called a “historic regional connection.”
One stop will be in the area of the Town ‘n Country shopping center and Lowe’s and the other will be around Walmart at the Easley Town Center, said Steve Chastain, manager of transit operations with Greenlink.
Chastain said signs for the stops were expected to go up last week, and service to the stops was to start by sometime this week.
The new route creates a “historic regional connection’” said Dan Hofmann, director of parking and transportation services for Clemson University.
This service from the Clemson side is supporting the growing needs of the university,” Hofmann said. “We are also supporting the needs of citizens of the city of Greenville and Easley…We are reducing vehicles and emissions on campus through community connection.”
The buses offer Wi-Fi service and have bike racks.
Mark Rickards, director of public transportation with the city of Greenville, said it’s a commuter service so there aren’t many stops.
Once the buses get rolling they don’t stop except for these two times between Greenville and Clemson, and that way we keep our time competitive with automobiles,” Rickards said.
Chastain said the route from Clemson University’s main campus, where pickup and drop off will be at East Library Circle near the Hendrix Student Center, to Greenville at the university’s International Center for Automotive Research takes about 45 minutes but is scheduled to operate on the hour.
He said the route goes down U.S. 123 to State 153, to Interstate 85 and then to Laurens Road and ICAR.
Clemson University students, faculty and staff who show an identification card ride free.
Chastain said for others the fare from Clemson University to ICAR in Greenville is $3, and $6 round trip. From Easley to either Clemson or Greenville, the fare is $1.50 one way.