Mountain Lynx Transit is the new name for the local public transportation program that serves residents of the Town of Marion and Smyth County communities along with other towns and counties in Virginia’s Planning District Three.
For more than three decades, local public transportation services have been provided by District Three Governmental Cooperative in cooperation with local governments. Traditionally, these transit buses are white with blue trim, and bear the District Three markings on the side.
The service provides daily loop routes in the towns of Abingdon, Marion and Wytheville and the city of Galax, as well as weekly rural routes in the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe. Residents of all ages use the service for shopping trips, medical appointments, trips to senior centers and other destinations, and as a dependable way to get to work.
Now the service has a new name, a new look, and a new slogan: Linking People with Life. New buses recently added to the system are blue with purple mountains, a silver silhouette of a bounding lynx, and the name Mountain Lynx Transit. The new buses also feature improved route signage, bicycle racks, power doors, larger windows, and other features to improve quality and safety.
Seven new buses with the new name, design and color are being placed in service throughout the area. A simpler version of the design will be added to some of the older buses and all the buses should have the new design within five years. The fleet consists of more than 50 vehicles.
The purpose of the rebranding effort is to draw more attention to the service and to promote public transportation for all people in the service area, according to David Richardson, transit division director for District Three. The new name sounds less bureaucratic, the new look will make the service more recognizable, and new amenities will make the service safer and more pleasant, Richardson said.
The fare has remained at $.50 per boarding ($1 per round trip) throughout the history of the program. The service is supported by grants of federal and state funds through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and matching funds provided by the participating local governments.
Additional information is available on the internet at CatchTheLynx.org.
For Immediate Release
Contact: David Richardson