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We're all trying to live greener and smarter these days, and for many urban dwellers, taking public transportation is part of that. While the River Rail streetcar may not be all that practical for long-distance commuters, it is a whole lot of fun, and the Central Arkansas Transit Authority has bus options to get you all the way from Roland out west to the airport in the east if you're willing to make a few transfers. Here's the low-down on getting around town.

River Rail Trolley System

The River Rail trolley system connects the River Market area of downtown Little Rock (which includes the Clinton Presidential Library) with Argenta, downtown North Little Rock. CATA is in the process of accepting bids to build a new trolley stop at 2nd and Rock Streets. For more information, call 374-5354 or e-mail info@cat.org.

Fare: $1 per boarding for ages 12-64, 50 cents per boarding for persons 65 and over, those with disabilities and ages 5 to 11. Those under 4 years old ride free. Fare must be exact; drivers don't carry change. An unlimited-ride day pass may be purchased for $2, a three-day pass may be purchased for $5, or a 20-ride card for $15.00

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-midnight Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.

There are two trolley routes, the Blue and the Green.

Blue Route: Begins at Seventh and Main in North Little Rock, travels to Maple Street, to Broadway, then stops at Verizon Arena before taking the Main Street bridge south to Markham Street in Little Rock. Travels east on President Clinton Avenue, turns right on Commerce Street, left on Third Street and then makes a loop that includes stops at Clinton Library and Heifer International on the east and Spring Street (in front of the Robinson Center) on the west. Returns to Seventh and Main. Loop time: 35 minutes.

Green Route: Loop begins at the River Market, travels south on Commerce Street, west on Second Street to Spring Street, returning to River Market on Markham (President Clinton Avenue east of LaHarpe). Loop time: 15 minutes. Note that Green Route trolleys do not go to North Little Rock.

Links Paratransit

All Pulaski County citizens who are certified as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act can use CATA's Links Paratransit, which features smaller, wheelchair-lift equipped buses and curb-to-curb service. In order to take advantage of Links, riders must apply first using a form available through the CATA office at 901 Maple St. in North Little Rock. Call 375-6717 for more information. Links drivers may enter a commercial building to assist riders, but cannot enter a private residence or carry bags or packages. The cost is $2.70 for a one-way trip, $5.40 for a round trip, or $25 for a book of ten tickets. Drivers don't carry change, so have the exact amount. Hours of operation are: 5:30 a.m.-9:15 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 5:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat. and 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Sun.

CATA Bus Service

Main terminal: River Cities Travel Center, 310 E. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock (Fourth and Cumberland streets; "downtown" on information below).

Fare: Adults, $1.35; children 4 and under ride free with adult; Children 5-11, .60 cents.

Pre-paid 31-day pass, $36; one-day pass, $3.75; Adult 10-ride card, $11.50

Routes: 25 (including express routes).

Maps and schedules of all routes are on www.cat.org. Service hours are 5 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 5 a.m.-6:20 p.m. Sat.; 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sun. No service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. All CATA buses have bike racks on the front that can accommodate two bikes. Some routes are listed below; while directions are given from downtown Little Rock, all return on the same route unless indicated. For more information on schedules or service hours, call the CATA information office at 375-1163 or 375-6717.

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