COLUMBIA — The city's FastCAT transit route will begin operating at 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to a news release issued by the Public Works Department.
FastCAT is designed to be student-focused. The route will run through MU, Stephens College and the downtown area.
Beginning Monday, FastCAT will run:
Monday–Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday–Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Saturday: 9:50 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.
The transit route will be free to all users from Monday through Aug. 27, according to the release.
FastCAT passes will be available at two different prices. Individuals can purchase a semester-long pass for $100. When buying in groups of 20, passes can be purchased for $62.50.
The semester-long pass will allow for an unlimited number of rides. Pass holders can also get free transfers that enable them to use the entire Columbia Transit route system at no additional charge.
PedNet will be holding a FastCAT, trivia challenge contest*. The prize will be the latest version of Apple's iPad. The contest will begin Aug. 20 and is open to all riders, according to the release.
To participate, all riders will receive a participation card upon boarding a FastCAT bus on the first day of the contest. Participants must ride the bus each day to see all five questions and answer them on their card. Those who return their card and answer every question correctly will be eligible to win. Their names will be entered into a drawing for the iPad.
Riders can track the two buses on the FastCAT route using GPS software available via routeshout.com, iTunes or Google Play stores. The software enables a user to see how long a bus will take to reach each stop as well as the bus schedule.
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