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WATA Offering Free Service For Transit Equity Day

The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority saw an eight percent decrease in total ridership last year but saw a 20 percent increase in paratransit riders. (WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) will offer free transit service on Feb. 3 in observance of Transit Equity Day.

Transit Equity Day is observed annually to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change. It also commemorates the life and legacy of Rosa Parks on her birthday.

WATA noted in a press release it has been a public transportation system that serves those most in need since its beginning as James City County Transit (JCCT) in 1977. WATA also provides accessible and paratransit services.

Currently, WATA is working with its partners at the Department of Rail & Public Transportation to research Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) and Battery Electric Bus (BEB) technologies to understand how to properly implement these vehicles under regular service conditions — technologies that will help WATA to reduce air pollution and reduce its carbon footprint. WATA plans to have a mixed fleet of clean diesel and alternative fuel buses in the future.

For more information about WATA visit its official webpage.

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