A new dimension in public transportation will debut in the Chambersburg area on Aug. 15.
The Stop Hopper will help people with unreliable or no transportation get to work, senior citizens get to the grocery store, and anyone who wants to travel anywhere within a 15-square-mile area. It will run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost is $2 a ride. Thanks to Pennsylvania Lottery funding, it is free for seniors 65 and older who register for an ID card. Children under 44 inches traveling with a paying passenger also ride for free.
The local on-demand “microtransit” is a pilot project partnership involving Susquehanna Regional Transportation Authority’s rabbittransit, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Franklin County. It is funded mainly by PennDOT with a 15% match from the county, which has committed $50,000 to the Stop Hopper this year.