Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I thought I’d give you some interesting information about the surrounding area. 26 miles east of Hershey and about the same distance north of Lancaster, is the city of Lebanon, population 24,600. Located along the Quitapahilla Creek, its name is thought to be derived from the once-numerous cedar trees which, in the 1750s reminded Moravian settlers of the cedars of Lebanon.

Transit service is provided by the County of Lebanon Transit, trading as “COLT” – a moniker shared with Lafayette, Louisiana; Scranton, PA; Longview, TX; Lompoc, CA; and Loveland, CO.

An attractive new waiting room and outdoor pedestal clock act as a transit center. COLT operates 11 routes on weekdays and 7 on Saturdays Four routes have “twilight” service that consists of one or two evening trips. Route 8 connects Lebanon and Hershey, making connections possible with Capital Area Transit; this route also has three twilight trips June through August, the last of which departs Hersheypark at 11 pm. COLT also operates three round trips on Saturdays to Park City, a jumbo-sized shopping center on Lancaster’s northwest side and a Tuesday-only run to Roots Farmer’s Market in Manheim (April through November).

In streetcar days, Hershey Transit Co. operated hourly trolleys between Lebanon and Hershey until busses came on the scene in 1942.


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