JAUNT to launch Crozet Connect

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- JAUNT asked for the community's input at the Crozet Community Advisory Council meeting on Wednesday on a plan to launch "Crozet Connect," a commuter bus to get people from Crozet to Charlottesville.

Richard Cook is a senior living in English Meadows. He said the Crozet Connect bus would really help him get out and about.

"It would be a lot easier for people like myself," he said. "I'm handicapped and there's other people that are handicapped and they're in wheelchairs, but they would like to go to somewhere like Barracks Road shopping center."

Cook said he's been waiting a long time for a service like this.

"I've been there for three years and I waited for thee years to get bus service," said Cook. "It seems that Crozet is on the end of the map to nowhere."

Brad Sheffield, the CEO of JAUNT, said between now and the launch of the Crozet Connect on Aug. 5, they need as much feedback as possible from people.

He's asked people to send JAUNT comments on Facebook and Twitter hashtagging #CrozetConnect, and for people to call and email the service's office.

"This last stretch of engagement that we're going to do between now and July is to really fine tune what those stops need to be here in Crozet and what they need to be in Charlottesville," said Sheffield.

He said the biggest complaint people have with driving from Crozet to Charlottesville is being stuck in traffic and finding parking. JAUNT is trying to help people's trip to the city be a little less stressful.

"Be still stuck in the same congestion," said Sheffield, "but we give them those 45 minutes back where they don't have to concentrate on driving and the parking they don't have to think about it."

Free Wi-Fi and USB ports on the buses will help people be productive during the trip.

People can go to the following meetings to give feedback:
May 8, 7 p.m. Crozet Library
May 9, 7:30 p.m. Field School
May 15, 7 p.m. Crozet Library
June 12, 7 p.m. Crozet Library
June 10, 7 p.m. Crozet Library
Jully 11, 7:30 p.m. Field School

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