JETS Ready to Roll

May 2, 2006 -- Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- After months of preparation, Jonesboro's transit system is up and running after making a few last minute changes to the routes.

"We streamlined them. We got input from the community, we are listening to the citizens that want this service, and we asking them where do you want us to be," said JETS Transportation Coordinator Joel Gardner.

JETS has over 12 bus shelters built and 17 stops drawn up, but are still in the process of installing the stops.

"Due to rain delays, we haven't been able to lay concrete on the first two pads we have cut, so we are at Mother Nature's mercy at this point," said Gardner.

Right now the JETS buses are blank canvases, but in a couple weeks you will see three of the buses wrapped in advertisements.

"They are currently in the process of finishing up the ASU wrapped bus and we also have on the printers ads for the NEA Clinic and St. Bernards," said Gardner.

The buses, which are being wrapped by Super Tints, are aiming to use every available space as a means to help offset costs.

"They will also have advertising panels on the side, advertising panels on the inside, the bus stops, and it's all additional revenue for the city bus system," said Super Tints sales manager Wally Jackson.

The themed buses are using a sharp designed process that big cities across the country use. They hope it will bring attention to advertisers and show Jonesboro's style.

"The real justice is for you as a person to see it up close and seeing the vibrant colors and the pictures," said Jackson.

Fare boxes were installed in the five buses and employees were trained on operations before residents jump on board. Wednesday at 11 a.m., JETS plans to have their big kick off celebration at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.