Major changes could be on the way for the Charlottesville Area Transit service. Monday night, City Council will get a list of final recommendations on how to improve public transportation.
The goal is to increase the number of people using buses in the area. If all goes as planned, the changes would boost ridership by 6 percent.
Changes to bus service in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are in the works to make the system easier to use and more efficient.
The final recommendations are spelled out in 85 pages: $50,000 in bus route adjustments, $75,000 in bus stop enhancements – including one along Market Street – and new transfer stations that could cost up to $275,000.
The study suggests making day and night bus routes consistent, adding a new Route 11 to cover north Charlottesville and expanding service to Southwood and Pantops. New bus stops - 74 total - would be added along with a transfer station on Jefferson Park Avenue near the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Councilors will get the full report Monday night during their meeting at City Hall. If approved, the changes would take six to 18 months to implement.
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