Charlottesville Area Transit Press Release
Charlottesville, Virginia... 12/13/2013... Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will host two public meetings to inform the public about its upcoming system changes. The meetings will take place in CitySpace (100 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902), Monday, December 16th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and Saturday, December 28th, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The meetings will focus on informing the public about shifts in routing alignments, service hour adjustments, and frequency changes. The new changes will take effect on Saturday, January 4th, 2014. Both meetings will cover the same material.
In 2012, the City of Charlottesville hired Nelson Nygaard, a transit consulting firm, to look at the city's transportation system. The Transit Service Study considered ways to improve transit services and guide overall future system development.
The study focused on identifying adjustments to existing fixed-route bus services that will improve the quality of service for CAT riders, increase ridership, and enhance CAT's ability to deliver high-quality, efficient transportation to the public. The study also considered potential new service types and areas, different overall system route structures, and other possible opportunities to improve services.
In March of 2013, the firm presented their final report to City Council. The report's findings were derived from a thorough market analysis and multiple outreach meetings where members of the community were able to comment on proposed options.
CAT took the study's report and began "rubber to the road" testing. On August 19th, 2013, Charlottesville City Council approved CAT's request to implement a new routing structure. The changes include significant routing realignments to Routes 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10. The changes also include the elimination of Routes 2A, 2B, 21, 22, 23, 24, and LINK. Route 11 will fulfill most of 2A's current service area, Route 3 will fulfill most of Route 2B's and 21's current service area as well as portions of Route 23's service area, Route 6 will cover most of 22's current service area and Route 9 will provide fixed route service to the LINK service area. Routes labeled in the 20's will fall under the day route nomenclature. The changes also create two new transfer locations at UVA Hospital and Willoughby Square Shopping Center.
"These new route alignments will provide more direct service with fewer route deviations, new transfer locations with better anchor points and bi-directional service on most routes, making CAT services more convenient for our customers. We worked very hard to balance improving the level of service on the system with the need to use our resources as efficiently as possible with the end goal of increasing overall ridership on the system. " said John Jones, CAT's Transit manager.
Persons who wish to see the new January routes can visit CAT's website at www.catchthecat.org. Printed Rider's Guides which contain maps and timetables will be released to the general public early next week.