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Fayetteville Buses Will Solve Hope Mills Traffic Woes

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HOPE MILLS — The Cumberland County town of Hope Mills is growing by leaps and bounds. That means long commutes for some every morning and night. The solution? Bring in buses from Fayetteville.

The Fayetteville Transit System is heading into Hope Mills in hopes of easing some of the traffic congestions.

"It's gotten worse over the past few years," one commuter said. "With the new construction going on, it's going to continue to get worse."

The small town of Hope Mills has doubled its population in the last 20 years.

The state has already approved projects to widen four main roads that connect Fayetteville with Hope Mills, but completion dates are far away.

The city bus service may ease the explosion of traffic growth.

"The roads are congested in Hope Mills," said Jerome Brown, the director of city transit. "Public transportation, in my opinion, is a valuable option for helping to deal with traffic congestion in the area."

If approved by the Governor's Transit 2000 initiative, bus service would begin in early November.

Leaders say it will give Fayetteville residents access to jobs in the Cumberland County Industrial Park. It will give people in Hope Mills access to a fast commute to Fayetteville.

"We love the growth, but we sure need anything to reduce traffic. Wider roads and the bus service, I think, will be a big help." said Hope Mills Mayor Edwin Deaver.

This is the first time the Fayetteville Transit System will head outside of the city for service. The Hope Mills route will be tested for one year.


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