Thursday, July 17, 2008

Destination Epping Again

So, my friend Jason had this story in today's Union Leader. I'm thinking, hmm, perhaps Wal-Mart should help sponsor this bus financially if they decide to run it again next summer? What do you think?

Beach Bus' first stop becomes the destination
By JASON SCHREIBERUnion Leader Correspondent

EPPING – It's called the Beach Bus, but for some it's more like the Wal-Mart Bus.
Ridership on the new Beach Bus service linking Epping, Exeter and Hampton hasn't been as high as bus officials expected, but they've been surprised by the number of people hopping aboard to shop at the Epping Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The bus service by Dover-based COAST began operating on July 5 and will run on weekends through Sept. 7. It operates about every two hours on Saturdays and Sundays, with several trips between Epping, Exeter and Hampton.
The route has several stops, including one right in front of Wal-Mart's doors.
Jeremy LaRose, supervisor of operations at COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation), said the low ridership has been a bit discouraging, but he hopes it will pick up as word spreads about the new service.
While people are catching the bus in Epping and Exeter to head to Hampton Beach, LaRose said just as many are taking the bus from Exeter and Hampton to head to Epping to shop at Wal-Mart. CLICK FOR FULL STORY HERE

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