Microtransit service coming to Chambersburg

Paula Wolf//July 28, 2022

Microtransit service coming to Chambersburg

Paula Wolf//July 28, 2022

As of Aug. 15, rabbittransit will expand its Stop Hopper microtransit service to Chambersburg, the regional public transportation provider announced Wednesday.

Stop Hopper uses compact, neighborhood-friendly sized vans. If the program’s successful, the potential is there to expand to other parts of Franklin County.

Riders – for $2 per trip – can travel anywhere within the designated service zone by requesting a ride using Stop Hopper’s smartphone app. Once ride request is made, the app provides an estimated pick-up time, tracks vehicles in real time and alerts passengers when their ride is about to arrive.

The service is free for seniors 65 and older who possess a registered free-fare ID card.

Passengers are picked up in a nine-person van that meets Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and taken where they want to go.

“When individuals have increased mobility options, they have increased possibilities to improve their quality of life,” said Richard Farr, rabbittransit executive director. “We’re proud to offer the Stop Hopper as an affordable way to help riders in smaller, rural communities access the benefits of public transit.”

Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller added: “PennDOT and rabbittransit have teamed up to provide a great transportation option for the general public. The timing is great; local employers are hurting for workers. This is an affordable transportation option for people who want to work but don’t have reliable transportation.”

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer