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TODAY'S QUESTION: What changes would you like to see to Columbia's bus route?

Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 2:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Columbia City Council approved changes to the city's bus routes at its meeting Tuesday night.

The changes include revising the timing of routes and adding service in areas that previously did not have service. They also include modifying every current route and changing the Saturday bus service to mirror weekday service. In addition, new areas are being added to the bus routes. Service will now extend to Forum Boulevard, LeMone Industrial Boulevard, the Route B corridor and northern Columbia neighbors, the article said.

The 101 South route, which runs along Providence Road, will be shortened to help decrease delays. The route will also run in opposite directions of traffic during different times of the day.

City officials said the changes won't end up costing the city more money because additional riders from these routes and new advertising on buses should make the changes revenue-neutral.

Currently, all the buses run through the Wabash Station downtown. This can cause congestion and delays. Buses that run late can cause increased wait times for passengers at the Wabash Station.

At the council meeting, residents asked for extended bus service hours. City officials said service hours can't be extended because of the cost.

What do you think of the changes to Columbia's bus service? Should different changes be implemented?


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