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On Monday, the city's new buses will take to the streets. ATE Management and Service Co. has an $11.1 million contract with the city to provide buses and operate the bus system for three years. Everybody gets to ride free Monday.\

KEY FACTSAll 22 new buses have wheelchair lifts, and the front ends ``kneel to the curb' to help people who have difficulty climbing steps.

Fares increase, but transfers remain 10 cents. Adult one-way fare is 60 cents. Students pay 40 cents. Senior citizens pay 30 cents. The fare for children - those shorter than the roughly 42-inch fare box - is 30 cents. Books which provide 11 rides for the price of 10 are available.

Buses will stop only at bus stops and will no longer stop for people who flag them down.

Some bus stops are in different places. They are all marked by new blue-and-green signs.

There is a customer service telephone number - 668-7999 - for people who want help planning trips or have questions or complaints.

New fareboxes accept coins and dollar bills but will not give change.

There are three new transfer points - Carolina Circle Mall, Four Seasons Mall and Friendly Center. There also are four downtown transfer points.\


Service provided until 8 p.m. weekdays: Four Seasons, Freeman Mill, Gorrell, Carolina Circle and Woodmere. Other buses stop at 6 p.m.

Morning service begins at outermost stop and comes downtown: Walker, Pomona, Friendly / Guilford College, Benbow and Gorrell. Some of those routes begin before 6 a.m. weekdays. Most routes begin 6 a.m. weekdays.

Bessemer: Loop at east end expanded to serve streets now served by Woodmere route.

Four Seasons: Buses connect with expanded Guilford Technical Community College route.

Irving Park: Buses run only between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Gorrell: Loop along Banner Avenue, Apache and South English streets receives all-day service.

Friendly Center/Guilford College: Buses run during peak hours.

Friendly Center/Starmount: Buses run during off-peak hours and include Women's Hospital loop.

Carolina Circle: Buses run every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 45 minutes other times and Saturdays. Route between mall and Summit Avenue, north of Textile Drive, eliminated.

Woodmere: Service extended directly to Carolina Circle Mall. Buses run every 30 minutes during peak hours and every 45 minutes Saturdays and other times.

Battleground: Buses run every 60 minutes, peak period only.

GTCC: Buses run every 60 minutes all day on weekdays.

North Elm: No changes.


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