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Orangeburg, SC (WLTX)- Orangeburg County cut the ribbon for a new $3.9 million transit center Monday.

Four years ago when Cross County Connections started, you could only come to a bus stop and pay for your ticket. Now, the county has a new transit center where you can buy tickets for the week and the month.

"The people have hopped on it, they see there is a need and they have been really using it," said Councilwoman Janie Cooper-Smith.

Since Cross County Connections has been in operation it has taken more than 150,000 trips around Orangeburg and Calhoun counties.

"Many people don't have cars and it is more expensive to take a cab than to take a bus."

Cooper-Smith was instrumental in making the vision of having a hub become a reality.

She says with South Carolina State, Claflin University and a growing senior citizen population, the hub will provide much needed aid.

"Anyone who needs to get to the hospital the transit can take them there so it is really needed."

"Once they built this hub here, I said oh this is great and I know I am going to become a rider and I will tell my family members about it," said Sylvia Ellis.

Ellis works at the farmer's market in Orangeburg and says a lot of shoppers take the bus. The transit has more than 40 routes throughout Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and Ellis hopes there are more to come.

"The bus goes through St. Mathews and the outskirts of Orangeburg so that is good because people can use it to come to Orangeburg."

"The county is growing, anytime you get a public transit system that's growth," said Cooper-Smith.

If you would like to find more info about routes and times call Cross County Connections at 1-866-845-1550

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