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ICATS is offering several routes free of charge this month.

To spread the word about the ease and convenience of riding the Iredell County Area Transit System, ICATS is offering several routes free of charge this month. 

The affected routes include: Mooresville Main, the ICATS Express, the Mitchell Community Connection and the Statesville Bloom.

In a statement released Dec. 28, new ICATS Transit Planner Ron Shoultz said the transit system is offering a free month of ridership throughout January because “many people are still not aware of the services that we provide.”

The routes included in the offer this month are not only Mooresville Main, but also the Mitchell Community Connection (which travels between the Mitchell Community College campuses in Statesville and Mooresville with stops in Troutman and Lowe’s Home Improvement at Exit 42 on Interstate 77), the Statesville Bloom and the ICATS Express, which will eventually use tolled lanes on I-77 to bypass commuter traffic. 

“We want to get the word out that our routes are safe, reliable, dependable and convenient,” Shoultz said in the statement. “By giving riders a free month, they can hop on and off the bus as many times as they like and see that for themselves.”

The Mooresville Main runs 7:10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and makes multiple loops and 14 stops each day along the 16-mile route. The 28-foot bus is handicap-accessible and seats 18 passengers. 

Stops along the Mooresville Main route touch major shopping areas and destinations such as Lowe’s YMCA, the Mooresville Public Library and The Charles Mack Citizen Center.

The Statesville Bloom runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, looping through Statesville with stops at Walmart, the Statesville YMCA and library, Davis Hospital as well as several residential areas and other locations.

Additionally, the transit system will soon be adding a referral program, where regular riders can earn free trips by encouraging new riders to try ICATS routes. Once the free month of ridership wraps up, Shoultz pointed out that each ride is still only $1 for the Main, Bloom and Connection, and $3 for the Express.

To learn more about all ICATS routes, visit www.rideICATS.com

For more information about the free month of ridership, contact Shoultz at 704-873-9393 ext. 3779 or by email at ronald.shoultz@co.iredell.nc.us.

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