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BURLINGTON, N.C. — The City of Burlington is just weeks away from launching its first city-run public transportation system.

This week the city has taken several steps to get ready for the launch of Link Transit.

About a dozen bus drivers will be in training until June 3.

Drivers are learning how to operate the buses and how to navigate the five routes that make up the new system.

The system will be operated by Maryland-based company Transdev Systems, according to city officials.

Five, 10, and $20 fare cards are now being sold online.

Bus maps and schedules also became available this week on Link Transit’s website along with applications for reduced fares for students, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The buses will cover Burlington, Gibsonville and Alamance Community College.

“We want to encourage people to get on the bus, ride it,” said Rachel Kelly, public information officer for the city. “They’ve got nothing to lose.”

The Link Transit bus system launches on June 6.

To give people a sample of how the system will work, the public will be able to ride for free all June.