WinReady brings new transportation option to Winchester

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Winchester Transit is adding a new micro-transit service this spring, WinReady.

WinReady is an addition to the transit system’s four fixed routes and will offer a direct point-to-point service that will pick you up and take you wherever you need to go in the City of Winchester within 30 minutes.

Users will request a ride through the new WinReady App available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Once in the app, users will be asked to sign up and enter a credit or debit card.

After the account is set up, users can request a pick up from their current location and a drop-off address with a process similar to what is in place on apps like Uber or Lyft.

Then residents can select the amount of seats needed.

Once matched with a WinReady vehicle, users will meet the driver at a pickup.

For rider safety, verify that the vehicle arriving is the same model and has the same license plate that is listed in the app.

Residents are invited to a few upcoming workshops to learn more about the service:

  • March 20, 3:30 p.m. – Virginia Ave Elementary School
  • March 21, 3:30 p.m. – John Kerr Elementary School
  • March 25, 10 a.m. – Douglas School
  • March 26, 3:30 p.m. – Quarles Elementary School

The City of Winchester will host a Pre-Launch event on Saturday at the Old Town Walking Mall from 11 am – 2 pm to introduce the app and one of the buses while enjoying some food, music, and games.

WinReady will begin its service on March 25th. 

For more information on WinReady, click here.

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WinTran’s Laurel Ridge Route begins service

Logo used by permission from Laurel Ridge Community College

The City of Winchester’s new public transit route to Laurel Ridge Community College began service today.

The bus will stop at five locations between the downtown Winchester Boscawen Street transfer station and the Community College every 70 minutes.

The stops include Bank of Clarke, Braddock Street at Amherst Street, John Handley High School, Shihadeh Innovation Center, and Jubal Early Drive at Apple Blossom Drive.

The Laurel Ridge Route will run throughout the year except for holidays with the first bus leaving at 7:10 am and the final bus returning at 9:10 pm.

All buses are wheelchair accessible and equipped with a bike rack.

Winchester Transit would also like to remind all residents that it is free to travel on any WinTran bus to any destination through June 30, 2023.

To view the schedule and stop information, click here.

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