Region gets boost in bus and air transport menu

The transportation portfolio of the region got a big boost on two fronts recently.

A new carrier, Fullington, took over out-of-town bus service that Susquehanna Trailways recently dropped. The company also will take over operations at the bus terminal on Church Street.

Fullington’s takeover means travel service to Philadelphia, New York City, Elmira, N.Y., and Harrisburg will remain in place. While many sectors of the population no longer count on out-of-town bus service, it is very important to some people who cannot take for granted the availability of cars for such trips.

It’s practical. It’s affordable. And it allows transportation options.

Meanwhile, the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville is getting its first jet service. A 50-passenger jet will replace the 34-seat turbo prop and provide service to Philadelphia International Airport starting Nov. 29.

The announcement was made as authorities were breaking ground on a project to replace the terminal building at the airport, a major upgrade in itself for air service locally.

Hopefully, the announcement of the jet service is just the start of an improved menu of transportation options out of the airport, where the terminal being replaced is 70 years old. It feels like travel options out of the airport are almost as old.

Both individual travelers and the region’s businesses need more travel options. For the terminal replacement and modernization of the facility to be judged a success, that has to be the ultimate outcome.