Date(s) - 06/21/2012
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Central Corridor Resource Center
1080 University Ave W
St Paul, MN
Once LRT begins operating on University Avenue, the plan proposes to reduce bus service on University and I-94, freeing up resources to increase coverage, frequency, and hours of service for bus connections with the rail lines. This will improve the frequency of four local routes on weekdays, five on Saturdays, and six on Sundays. Other routes will be added and extended to Green Line stations to accommodate light-rail travel – including a new route on Lexington Avenue – with 40% of Green Line riders expected to come from bus connections.
The following routes are proposed to have significant changes in structure, hours of operation, or frequency: 8, 16, 50, 94, 63, 65, 67, 83, 84, 87, 134 and 144. These changes will establish a more efficient flow of traffic and will foster better connections with the Green Line, which will run every 10 minutes seven days a week. Routes 2, 3, 6, 21 and 53 will see no significant changes.
Connecting service on Route 21 (Selby Ave.) will continue at the same frequency it is today.
“Creating a comprehensive plan to optimize bus connections to the new line is an exciting opportunity,” said Scott Thompson, a Metro Transit Senior Planner. “The input we have received through the community process has been invaluable.”
Today, the Central Corridor study area includes 23 bus routes serving 165,000 residents, has 349,000 jobs and sustains 86,000 daily bus rides.
Public comment sought on service plan
Metro Transit encourages the public to attend the meetings and hearings this month, to learn about the plan and voice their comments or concerns.
“We’re interested in receiving feedback from as many people as possible,” Thompson said. “This will continue to inform and improve the service plan.”
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