LINK Transit Celebrated 1 Year of Service
june 5th – 9th 2017
Last week marked 1 Year of Service for our fixed route public transportation system, known as LINK. This collaboration between the City of Burlington and the Town of Gibsonville has had more than 81,000 riders to date — connecting people to work, school, medical appointments, as well as volunteer and social opportunities. United Way of Alamance County is proud to be one of the funding partners along with Alamance Community College, Hayden-Harman Foundation, Alamance County Government, Town of Gibsonville, and the City of Burlington.
This milestone is truly something to celebrate, as advocates spent more than 8 years working to bring a fixed route public transportation system to Alamance County!
LINK offered free rides during the anniversary week and a rider appreciation tent was set up at the main transfer hub downtown Burlington. Additionally, community leaders were encouraged to ride with Mayor Baltutis and share conversations. April Durr, our Director of Community Impact here at United Way of Alamance County participated in several of the activities throughout the week. “It was an experience that is hard to put into words,” explained April. “As one of the advocates that supported the development of the system, seeing it here, and thriving a year later is priceless!” April went on to explain, “knowing United Way of Alamance County had something to do with making LINK become a reality and hearing the ridership stories is very fulfilling.”
A few highlights from her conversations on the Blue Route include:
- A Labcorp employee that had taken a cab to work for more than 10 years, costing $14 per day (now retired) enjoying a ride to go shopping and have lunch.
- An ACC student from Madagascar (now living here) taking the bus to class and to meet her child’s school bus.
- A former resident of Graham (recently moved to Burlington) to utilize LINK and has lost a significant amount of weight from walking to the bus stops.
- A group of friends exploring downtown Gibsonville (for the first time) to have lunch and go shopping.
- A son going to check on his elderly mother.
- A newcomer to the area (from Raleigh) exploring the county and meeting new people.
- A job seeker pursuing employment opportunities.
Local & National news outlets featured stories on LINK Transit’s Year of Service: