“Plus it takes a while to build a regular ridership,” Lakatos said. “People have to find out about it and begin to use it regularly. As word gets out that this service exists, I’m sure people will begin taking advantage of it.”
Evening door-to-door service will operate largely like a taxi, from 6 p.m. until midnight Monday through Friday. The evening service could grow beyond the city of Middletown if demand is strong, Lakatos said.
“It’s really meant to supplement the city’s current transit service for people who need a ride in the evening,” she said. “People will just need to call ahead and schedule their trip, as it’s going to be run on a first-come, first-served basis.”
Evening trip fares will start out at $5 each way.
Both services have been approved for one year, with an option to renew on an annual basis, Lakatos said.