'Crowd-sourced' bus company starting service between York, NYC

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
Traffic is heavy on Route 30 east of Roosevelt Avenue on Monday. York County residents will be able to comment on York's transportation needs or the process for choosing projects during a meeting on Monday.

A young tech company is coming to York City Sunday, July 1, with hopes to make travelling to New York City cheaper and more accessible.

OurBus, a crowd-sourced bus service founded in 2016, announced it would be offering services in York, Lancaster and surrounding areas in a Tuesday, June 26, news release.

The company is partnering with Lancaster-based Executive Coach. Additional stops include Malvern, King of Prussia and Fort Washington.

Transportation to NYC has been lacking in York, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich said. 

“We’re dedicated to offering low-cost, reliable and efficient bus service to cities across the U.S. that have been historically underserved,” said Erica Prince, senior operations coordinator at OurBus. 

Via the smartphone application, users can track buses and purchase tickets. All buses are equipped with free WiFi, individual charging ports, bottled water and bathrooms, the release states.

The company is offering a select membership program targeting frequent travelers,  students and families on a budget.

Eligible individuals can receive 50 percent off 10 tickets for $49.99. Riders in York and Lancaster will also be offered $10 one-way promotional fares.

City representatives, Downtown Inc and other local leaders will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, July 20, at the bus stop's future 53 E. North St. location.