The new system will allow people to make an informed decision about where they live based on transit availability, creates an opportunity to “up zone” certain areas for higher frequency transit service, and may eventually lead to the possibility of providing Sunday service in a smaller geographic area of the city.
Formalized Park & Ride locations, where commuters can leave their cars and hop on the bus, will be considered in the future if it appears that a demand exists.
These are the closing thoughts of the website for transit changes in Fredericton. The proposed changes include:
- Hourly service on all routes, with half hour services in the morning and late afternoon peak times, Monday to Friday. There will be a continuation of the current Saturday service.
- There will no longer be a gap in service from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm on any route.
- Currently all six transit runs end service at 11:30 pm. The planned changes will have four transit runs stopping at 10:15 pm, with the other two runs stopping at 11:00 pm and 11:15 pm. Half hour service will remain in place on two major routes right up until 10:45 pm.
- A new route numbering system will be introduced to clearly identify north and southbound transit buses: even numbers for northbound and odd numbers for southbound buses.
- Service will be reduced or eliminated to the outer edges of the City of Fredericton for the sections of routes with the lowest ridership. This includes the entire run to Silverwood and Lincoln, as well as the end of the run to Lower St. Mary’s, now turning at the Food Bank.
The first public open house was held on Tuesday, June 24, with a second scheduled for Thursday, June 26. For details, go to http://www.fredericton.ca/en/transportation/TransitChanges2014.asp
The closing thoughts referenced above leave me hopefully for the future of Fredericton Transit. My thoughts on the changes will come out Thursday on http://makingtransitwork.ca
What changes would you like to see in Fredericton Transit? If not from Fredericton, what are best practices from your community’s transit system?