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New bus service’s first run through Union City Monday

New bus service’s first run through Union City Monday

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:05 pm

Final preparations are under way for the new ATRunner motorcoaches that will transport passengers on scheduled daily runs between Nashville and Memphis.
The round-trip bus service will run seven days a week making connections with the airports, Amtrak and Greyhound in both cities and stops in Atoka, Ripley, Dyersburg, Union City, Martin, Dresden, Paris, Camden, Holladay, Dickson, Kingston Springs, Vanderbilt Medical Arts Building and the Music City Star Station. The service will begin Monday.
A ribbon-cutting celebration has been set for April 28 from 9-9:45 a.m. at the Little General, located at 2129 East Reelfoot Ave., for the Nashville to Memphis route launch. The public is invited to tour the bus at this time, a spokesman said.
The coaches are outfitted with wireless Internet, satellite TV and 110-volt power for operating portable electronic devices to make travel time productive time for riders. Crews are installing external graphics on the new motorcoaches in preparation for the new bus service that is operated by Anchor Trailways & Tours of Nashville. Tickets can be purchased online or on the coaches.
For more information, call (877) 371-3377 or visit www.ATRunner.com.
“Public Transportation is a vital part of Tennessee’s transportation network and plays an important role in the state’s economic health,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We’re pleased to partner with Anchor Trailways & Tours to provide more transportation options for citizens in West Tennessee.”
The ATRunner is funded by a federal 5311(f) grant administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Resource Division. The $2.5 million grant to Anchor Trailways & Tours is designed to address the intercity travel needs for people in rural areas of Tennessee who do not currently have access to daily scheduled transit routes to major cities.
Anchor Trailways & Tours, a family-owned company celebrating its 20th anniversary, is dedicated to providing the safest group travel available in motorcoach transportation as well as unique tour packages for groups and individuals. These travel and transportation specialists have three strategically chosen locations in the southeast to enable them to best serve their customers. As a member of Trailways Transportation System, the oldest national system of independent motorcoach companies, Anchor Trailways & Tours has access to a national backup support system. Anchor Trailways & Tours is certified by the Department of Defense — a higher level of safety certification that only 10 percent of motorcoach carriers qualify for — which certifies Anchor Trailways to carry military personnel.
Published in The Messenger 4.21.10

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