Cville Council: CAT Route Changes, Park & School Upgrades
You may soon spend less
time sitting on a bus getting from downtown Charlottesville to Fashion Square Mall.
City Council approved changes Monday night that are expected to shave off ride times.
Council approved plans to
implement a new Charlottesville Area Transit bus route, and decided in a 5-0
vote to make some changes to existing Route 7.
Council voted to add a new
line that would provide a more direct route from downtown to Fashion Square Mall.
When implemented, the new line - Route 11 - will cut down ride times by 20
minutes. Route 11 will run Monday
through Friday from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will also run for part of the
day on Saturday.
There are also changes
coming for Route 7 that will reroute it from University Avenue to Jefferson Park
Avenue because of congestion.
The public addressed these
changes Monday night, some urging council to collect more input from the
"I would definitely
support the new line 11 as it is, but I would urge you not to approve the line
7 as it stands without public consultation," said Adam Lees, who lives in
Nancy Carpenter, who also
lives in Charlottesville, said, "I would hope the goals of moving people
to educational opportunities to work opportunities and to retail opportunities
will persuade you to use the money you may be saving from the Route 7 changes
to fully fund this expanded schedule."
City Council also decided
Monday night to back bonds to help a private school upgrade its campus. Saint
Anne's Belfield plans to expand and renovate a dining hall and student commons
facilities and improve roads on the upper school campus.
development director says the city's support will help STAB get up to $15 million
in tax-exempt financing for the projects, at no cost to city taxpayers. As part
of the approval, council urges STAB to hire local help for the project.
Also on Monday's agenda: Tonsler
Park is one step closer to getting the green light for a $100,000 makeover. The
city plans to match a grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Those funds will pay for a basketball court replacement and new lighting in the
Council will make the
final decision about the makeover at its next meeting.
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