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The Hopper: Free downtown bus service launches in Lynchburg

The Hopper (WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A new, free bus service starts in downtown Lynchburg Thursday.

The Hopper will run on weekdays 10:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. and on Saturdays from 6:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

So, why those hours?

GLTC says they wanted the service to cater to downtown businesses lunch hour and the Community Market.

"We applied on the basis of providing service to help individuals get through downtown during lunch time hour during the week, and then the community market on Saturdays," GLTC General Manager Brian Booth said.

The new Greater Lynchburg Transit Company route consists of a highly frequent loop that encompasses Church Street, Main Street, Commerce Street, and Jefferson Street, which officials say will make navigating downtown easier.

"The topography downtown is challenging for driving as well as walking, so we want to give people a chance to get to each level of downtown," Booth said.

The unveiling of The Hopper is Wednesday at Monument Terrace starting at 12:30 p.m.

Governor McAuliffe, Mayor Joan Foster, and other officials will be there.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 13 for updates.

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