City will test Saturday bus rides

By Bobby Bryant, Editor,

Some bus riders in the audience cheered Oct. 2 when Darlington City Council agreed to try out a plan for PDRTA bus service on Saturdays.

Council approved a pilot program for Saturday bus service from 8 a.m. to noon November through June, which will cost about $850. Depending on how well the test works, Saturday service may or may not become permanent.

Charles MacNeil, executive director of the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority, told council the agency did a survey of bus riders to see which hours were most in demand for possible Saturday service. About 55 people responded; most wanted 8 a.m. to noon. The next most popular option was 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In other business, council voted to accept a bid of about $46,000 from Bliss Products and Services of Lithia Springs, Ga., for playground equipment to be used at a former Little League field at 100 Magnolia St. that is being converted into a park.

Council also voted to appoint Taft Guiles Jr. of Pamplico as an associate judge for Darlington’s municipal court. Guiles has been serving as a judge in Timmonsville’s municipal court.

Author: Rachel Howell

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