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Discovering Your City on a Budget: Embrace Public Transportation in Northwest Arkansas

Exploring a city can be a daunting task, especially if you are new to the area. While driving or taking an Uber may be convenient, it can also be quite expensive. However, using the local bus system can be a great way to explore a city while saving money. Let's discuss the benefits of using the bus system in Northwest Arkansas, specifically in the cities of Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville.

Fostering independence

Using the bus system can help foster independence. It allows you to move around the city without relying on others or needing to have a car. By using the bus system, you can plan your own route and schedule, and explore the city at your own pace. It also gives you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about the local culture.

Saves money with $0 fare

Many cities charge a fare to ride the bus, but in Northwest Arkansas, we have a $0 fare thru 2023. It's important to note that this isn't the same as saying the bus is "free", as there are costs associated with running the service that are paid for by grants, state, city, federal, and other sources of funding. Nonetheless, using the bus system can help you save money on transportation costs, which can be especially helpful if you are a student or on a tight budget.

Exploring the city

Northwest Arkansas is a vibrant and diverse region with plenty of things to see and do. Using the bus system can help you explore the area and discover new places that you may not have otherwise found. For example, in Bentonville, you can visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, while in Rogers, you can check out the Daisy Airgun Museum. In Springdale, you can explore the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and in Fayetteville, you can visit a local concert venue or take a stroll through Dickson Street, the city's entertainment district.

Overcoming intimidation

Using the bus system can be intimidating, especially if you are not used to public transportation. However, the benefits are worth it. To make it less intimidating, start by planning your route ahead of time. Ozark Regional Transit has multiple resources online that can help you plan your journey or if you're more comfortable speaking to someone our call center is ready to help you plan your next adventure 479-751-5901. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the bus schedule, which can also be found on the ORT website, Once you're on the bus, don't be afraid to ask the driver for help or advice on where to get off.

Where to?

Using the bus system in Northwest Arkansas can be a great way to explore the region, save money, and foster independence. While it can be intimidating at first, with a little planning and preparation, you can make the most of your experience. So why not give it a try? Hop on the bus and start exploring!


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