Charlottesville Area Transit Faces Criticism Over New Routes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Charlottesville Area Transit is facing criticism from some riders over new bus routes that begin in less than a week.
Those complaints came out during an informational meeting Saturday morning for riders to learn about the changes.
Most of the people who attended the informational meeting expressed concern, including Local Transit Riders of Charlottesville President Lena Seville.
“People are losing bus service in the middle of winter,” says Seville. “Route 4 is losing bus service; Route 10 to Martha Jefferson is seeing their night service cut. This is a difficult time for people to lose service particularly for people who depend on these for their jobs.”
On January 4, buses will stop old routes and start new routes at new times.
“We have a choice to keep it the way it is: inefficient and a poor system, or really make these abrupt changes that are going to be harmful for some people or difficult for other people, but we hope will improve the system for everyone ultimately,” says Charlottesville vice Mayor Kristin Szakos.
The changes reduce 24 routes to 11.
Charlottesville Area Transit coordinators say they expected some push back from riders.
“Once things start to settle down and people really get to experience it, they will like it,” says Wesley Kern of the Charlottesville Area Transit.
Some riders aren't so sure because they're upset with the location of the new bus stops that were finalized just before Thanksgiving.
“At this point, there haven't been public meetings for input since all of the bus stops were set,” says Szakos. “So people never got a chance to comment on that particular bus stop.”
CAT says the system will run as posted starting January 4 and staff will continue to tweak it.
Click here to see the new bus schedules and routes.
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