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Mayor proposes FastCAT bus route catering to student population

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 11:47 a.m. CDT; updated 3:28 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 24, 2012


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COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid announced a proposal for a new bus route Thursday that would cater to Columbia’s student population.

The proposed FastCAT (Campus Access Transit) route would have 11 stops completing a circuit through MU and the downtown area. Three or four buses are recommended for the route, which would operate on a 30-minute loop, McDavid said.

The proposal has not yet been approved by the Columbia City Council. McDavid wants the route to be in operation before MU students return in August for the fall semester.

McDavid’s goal is to reduce car traffic and gain student customers for Columbia’s transit system. The finances for the current transit system are unsustainable, he said.

The route is part of the mayor’s plan to centralize the transit system from Wabash Station to the MU campus, which he said is the economic and population center of Columbia.

The route spans from Walnut Street to the Virginia Avenue Parking Garage with stops at Shakespeare’s Pizza, the MU Bookstore and the Greektown area adjacent to campus. McDavid said the total student population during the school year within one block of the route is 8,500.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.


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