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Charlottesville Area Transit Prepares for Route Changes

Dec. 13, 2013

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will host two public meetings to inform the public about its upcoming system changes.

The meetings will take place in CitySpace on Monday, Dec. 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The meetings will focus on informing the public about shifts in routing alignments, service hour adjustments, and frequency changes. The new changes will take effect on January 4, 2014. Both meetings will cover the same material.

In 2012, the City of Charlottesville hired Nelson Nygaard, a transit consulting firm, to look at the city's transportation system. The Transit Service Study considered ways to improve transit services and guide overall future system development.

The study focused on identifying adjustments to existing fixed-route bus services that will improve the quality of service for CAT riders, increase ridership, and enhance CAT's efficiency. Nelson Nygaard presented their final report to Charlottesville City Council in March 2013.

On August 19th, 2013, City Council approved CAT's request to implement a new routing structure. The changes include realignments to Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10. The changes also create two new transfer locations at UVa. Hospital and Willoughby Square Shopping Center.

"These new route alignments will provide more direct service with fewer route deviations, new transfer locations with better anchor points and bi-directional service on most routes, making CAT services more convenient for our customers," said John Jones, CAT's Transit manager.

Anyone who wishes to see the new January routes can visit CAT's website at CatchTheCat.org.

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