Additional changes to the Charlottesville Area Transit system are up for discussion.
Now that the transit study is complete, CAT is working to actually implement some of the suggested changes to the routes - but not without hearing from the riders. CAT met with some of its riders Monday night to get feedback. Routes 5, 7, 8 and 9 and the free trolley were on the agenda.
After the meeting, Route 8 could see a change with added service to the Stonefield area. Route 9 is up for some bigger changes with service to the Greenbrier neighborhood and anchor points at the University of Virginia and Fashion Square Mall.
All changes are in line with CAT's goals. The transit system hopes to implement them by January 2014, depending on council's approval and the budget.
"We want to shorten people's commuting time, we want to make it more convenient and we want to make it more reliable. So with all these changes we hope to see that come about and we think we've got a winning plan here," said Westley Kern, with CAT.
City Council just approved changes to existing Route 7 last week. It also approved a new Route 11 that will provide service between the downtown mall and Fashion Square Mall. The route will cut down ride times by about 20 minutes.
CAT will be hosting two additional meetings this month to cover the changes to the eastern and southwestern routes.
The proposed changes to routes 8 and 9 will go before council August 5.
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