Valley Transit (Wisconsin)
|Parent||City of Appleton|
|Headquarters||801 S. Whitman Ave, Appleton|
|Locale||Fox Cities, Wisconsin|
|Service type||bus service, paratransit|
The system operates across the Fox Cities and serves the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah, as well as the towns of Buchanan, Grand Chute and Menasha; and the villages of Kimberly and Little Chute.
Public transportation in the area originated with streetcar systems, which operated from 1886 to 1930, when they were completely replaced by buses operated by a company called Fox River Bus Lines. Toward the end of the 1960s, the city began to subsidize the company, until it bought and took over operations on New Year's Day 1978.
Valley Transit’s operations comprise 16 fixed bus routes, as well as paratransit service (contracted out to a local bus company), which shuttles elderly passengers from their homes to regular-route bus stops and functions much as a taxi service for disabled passengers. The company operates 25 buses between 5:45 AM and 10:30 PM on Weekdays, and 7:45 AM to 10:30 PM on Saturdays, with no service on Sundays.
- 1 Midway
- 2 Prospect
- 3 Mason
- 4 Richmond
- 5 North Oneida
- 6 Meade (evenings and Saturday only)
- 8 Telulah (Replaced by #19 on evenings and Saturday)
- 9 The Link
- 11 East College/Buchanan (Replaced by #19 on evenings and Saturday)
- 12 Fox Valley Tech
- 15 West College
- 16 Northeast (Replaced by #6 on evenings and Saturday)
- 19 Southeast (Evenings and Saturday only)
- 20 Heart of the Valley
- 30 Neenah/Menasha
- 31 East Neenah
- 32 West Neenah
- 41 West Fox Valley
In early February 2011, Valley Transit announced a partnership with Open Range to provide free wifi on the buses to advertise being new in the area. This service ended in November 2011 after only 8 months.
A shared-ride taxi service operates during the hours of 4 AM until midnight Monday through Saturday that connects public transit users with jobs. This service requires advance reservations but allows users in remote or newly developed areas of the Fox Cities get to and from work.
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