Lincoln to shut down vehicle service, shut down Lincoln Connector service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

(AP) Lincoln Motor Company says it will shut down its Lincoln Connectors service and Lincoln Transit buses starting Jan. 15.

The announcement comes amid the city’s new transportation plan that calls for a $2 billion capital investment and a $1 billion boost in mass transit.

The company says it expects the bus fleet will be “retired.”

The announcement was made Wednesday at a press conference in Little Rock.

Lincoln ConnectOR service will be suspended, said Lincoln Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager Dan DeBartolo.

“It’s going to be a transition period,” DeBartsolo said.

“We’re going to shut it down as soon as we can.”

Lincoln ConnectORS were the nation’s first fully automated, full-service bus service in 1976.

They began service in 1978 and continue to be the backbone of most major metro areas.

The bus service is managed by the state Department of Transportation.

DeBarteolo says the bus service will continue on other transportation networks, including the interstate.

He says Lincoln will be the only transit company in Arkansas that will shut out all the other bus services.

DeSantis, the governor, says the plan will help the state transition to a clean, green economy.