March 14, 2013
There could be some changes on the way to the Charlottesville bus system. A transit study along with recommendations will be presented to City Council on Monday night.
To get home, to go to work or go anywhere, really, Ruth Green isn't just a frequent transit user, it's part of her daily life.
"I ride every single day, two or three buses to get home and go to work," Green said.
Recommendations for the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) are finalized and from what Green has heard, she is happy to hear her route is part of the positive changes.
"I think they should come at least every fifteen minutes to a half hour, especially on this route because it's really busy," she said.
Route's 4 and 9 will see an increase in frequency to every 30 minutes during the daytime and weekends.
"Instead of waiting an hour because right now when I get out of work I have to wait an hour for the bus," said Green.
Because of a car issue, Charlottesville City Councilor Dave Norris has been taking advantage of the CAT system.
"We have a great transit system, I've experienced it first hand," Norris said. "I think this report and these recommendations will make an even better system and hopefully more people will take advantage of the transit resources we have here in Charlottesville."
He says he's pleased with the report and does a good job of further connecting the community while improving the whole system.
"We can tweak it to where places like Belmont won't see a decrease in service and other places will get at least the same they're getting now, or better," Green said. "We want the system to work better in general and I think a lot of the changes are getting at that."
The recommendations would increase operation costs by about $50,000 but Norris says council knows how important public transit is to people's lives in the community.
Transit riders are encouraged to attend the meeting to give their suggestions.
City Council will vote on the recommendations in the coming months.