January 2, 2013
Many people who depend on public transportation to get to and from work in Charlottesville, fear new changes to the CAT bus routes will cost them their jobs.
Darryl Williams has been riding the CAT bus to his job at UVa. for the past 20 years but changes to the bus route could mean he won't get to work on time.
"I don't know what I'll be able to do. The only thing that I can do, is I'll have to get up an hour earlier and leave 45 minutes early to walk," Williams said.
The changes affect several routes and many riders say they have felt left out of the decision making process.
"There has been a lack of public input on location of stops and timing of routes", said Lena Seville, member of Transit Riders of Charlottesville.
Newly-elected Albemarle County Supervisor Brad Sheffield attended the meeting saying he would share riders concerns with his fellow supervisors.
"I think it will definitely start the discussion between the new supervisors about what the impact of these changes will be made, what future changes will be made, and what future investments will need to be made", said Sheffield.
Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos encouraged people to contact the transit office to find alternatives and defended the changes as mostly positive for the city. "In a lot of cases, people are going to find they do have bus service, it's just different than it was. For some people, they really are losing service, but for most people in the city, it will be better", said Szakos.
The changes are set to go into effect Saturday, January 4th.
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