Citizens can comment on proposed bus route changes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 4:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia citizens can comment on proposed bus route changes at the Public Transportation Advisory Commission meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, in conference room 1A.

“The actual public hearing, which is where people can come and comment, is part of the regular City Council hearings,” said Jill Stedem, public information specialist for Columbia's Public Works Administration.

Because City Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. and the buses stop running at 6:25 p.m. on Mondays, Public Works is holding the meeting Thursday, when buses run until 10:25 p.m.

“We just want offer an opportunity for people to ask any questions they might have for what this would do to their service,” Stedem said.

Citizens may also submit comments in writing by June 29 to Columbia Transit, P.O. Box 6015 or by e-mail to, according to a news release.

The City Council public hearing scheduled for July 6 is an additional forum where citizens can voice their comments.

The proposed changes include new bus stop locations, as well as increased opportunity for people to get to work, Stedem said. The changes and a map of new routes can be viewed online, in Wabash Station and at City Hall.

The changes will be voted on by the City Council on July 6 and, if approved, the changes will go into effect later this summer, Stedem said.

“Our goal is to start them in August, so they are in place before the students come back to school,” Stedem said. “It’s hinging on council approval.”

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