Fullington Bus Service has recently returned to St. Marys after being discontinued for a year.
"The bus went through St. Marys for more than 20 years," said Milt Wiseman, vice-president for Intercity Coach Services. "There was minimal ridership so we tried service through Brockway and Ridgway. Unfortunately, this ridership was very minimal also, so we are trying St. Marys again."
As of Sept. 1, Fullington restarted service, with two buses stopping daily in St. Marys at DD's Bakery on Erie Avenue. The first bus departs at 9 a.m., traveling north to Buffalo and arriving at 12:45 p.m. The second bus departs at 6:10 p.m. traveling south and arriving in Pittsburgh at 9:55 p.m.
"The bus runs every day, 365 days a year, including all holidays," said Wiseman. "DD's is a flag stop only. Passengers need to 'flag' or 'wave' down the bus, since it cannot stay stopped in the street for long."
He emphasized that DD's Bakery is not a Fullington bus agent and should not be contacted for information.
Fare and schedule information may be obtained by calling the DuBois office at 814-371-8130 or 1-800-942-8287. Additional information may be accessed on the company's website, www.fullingtontours.com; however, fares are not yet available on the website.
As part of Fullington's northern route on the way to Buffalo, the bus makes stops in Johnsonburg, Wilcox, Kane and Bradford; and in New York state in Olean, Salamanca, Ellicottville and Springville.
The bus's southern route includes a stop in DuBois, where passengers traveling to Pittsburgh make their connection, with stops following in Sykesville, Big Run, Punxsutawney, Indiana, Apollo, Vandergrift and Monroeville. There are also many connections on Greyhound out of Pittsburgh.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 23rd edition of The Daily Press.