If you’re thinking of heading to Pittsburgh for your holiday shopping, listen up.
Starting Saturday, December 9th, Steubenville residents will be able to take a bus to the city.
Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority is adding three new routes for holiday shoppers and people needing to visit the city.
The route will start at the Ft. Steuben Mall, then head over to Weirton Medical Center.
From there, the bus will stop at Settlers Ridge and Robinson Town Center.
Now, while this route seems like a good opportunity for the Ohio Valley, officials are divided.
“We don’t think it’s a negative. We actually think it enhances our area for folks that not only move here, but live here. The economic advantages are still here, but the access to that market could be a plus for everybody,” said Frank Bovina, Transit Manager of Steel Valley Regional Transit Authority.
“We have some great gift shops. We have great restaurants. We have smaller retailers where you get service that you’re not going to get when you head up the road. So, if it’s something where you can head out and a have a personal experience, meet someone and support a local business, which supports a local family, I think that’s how you should shop,” said Tricia Maple, President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Officials said they’re looking to expand the route to a weekday service in the future.
If you’re interested, the trip costs $5 each way.
Leaving times are 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 4:30 p.m..