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June 6, 2011 | 9 Comments

Quarterly Service Changes Effective Monday June 13, 2011

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It’s time again for quarterly service changes, starting next Monday, June 13, 2011. Many of the changes are slight time or route adjustments, but several of the routes have increased service during peak times. Please take the time to review the changes before next week. All changes have been updated in TripFinder and Google Transit. As always, please feel free to comment! All passenger opinions will be given to staff members in Planning for feedback.

Schedules and brief details of changes which would be implemented for an effective date of June 13, 2011 are at the links below:

#8 Bates Morganford Weekdays: Service every 40 minutes up to 6:30 p.m. Hourly service thereafter.
Saturdays: Time adjustments.

#11 Chippewa Time adjustments on Westbound trips from Civic Center to Jefferson & Russell.

#80 Park Shaw Weekdays: Service every 40 minutes up to 6:30 p.m. Hourly service thereafter.
Saturdays & Sundays: No change.

#258 Clayton – Chesterfield Time and Route adjustments.
The route will proceed via Exit #21, Westbound I-64 at Timberlake Manor to the Chesterfield Parkway.
To access Chesterfield Commons, the route will proceed via Exit #16, Westbound I-64 at Long Road, South on Long Road, West on Edison, North on Spirit Airport Road and East on Chesterfield Airport Road to Chesterfield Commons.

#40 Broadway Time adjustments. Southbound trips will leave the Riverview-Hall Transit Center 2 minutes later, to connect with the #61 Chambers.

The following changes will be implemented for an effective date of June 27, 2011:

#18 Taylor – Time adjustments and bus bay assignment at the Central West End Transit Center.

#42 Sarah – Time and route adjustments and bus bay assignment at the Central West End Transit Center. Between Sarah and Whittier, the route will no longer use St. Ferdinand, the route will proceed via Garfield instead.

#70 Grand – Service provided by the #70 Grand bus to Loughborough Commons will NOT be discontinued June 13.

#75 Lilac Hanley – Time and route adjustments to serve the (NPRC) National Personnel Record Center on Dunn Road.

#90 Hampton – Schedule adjustments. Service will operate every 30 minutes between Riverview Transit Center and the Catalan Loop and every 15 minutes between Riverview Transit Center and Forest Park Station during the AM and PM rush hours.

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9 thoughts on “Quarterly Service Changes Effective Monday June 13, 2011”

  1. PeterXCV says:

    Why does every change seem to have cuts involved? The service on russell has yet again been cut. I remember when the #59 bus provided all day service at 30 minute intervals. First it was cut back to an hour during rush hour periods with the new #8 BAtes Morganford bus. Now it is all 40 minute headways. Why? This does NOT enhance service for riders, I am annoyed by a lack of public input in these decisions.

    1. Courtney says:

      Peter, I will talk to the planning department and find an answer for you.

    2. Courtney says:

      Peter, we had to add running time to this route so bus can operate on time. There wasn’t enough time to make the previous schedule work. We have interline the #8 & #80 bus together creating a 40 minute day time running time on each route.

  2. PatC says:

    your website says that routes are added during peak times but #90 is losing times in the morning. right now, I catch the #90 at 7:24 am and get to work in 35 minutes – making it possible to be at my desk by 8:00 am. After June 27th, I will have to catch the 7:01 to get to work on time. Whassup???!!!!

    1. Courtney says:

      PatC,

      We added service to the #90 Hampton north of Forest Park, as the ridership is twice what it is south of #90. So north of Forest Park time is running every 15 minutes, south every 30 min. I assume that the time adjustments reflect that. I’m sorry to hear that it has added some inconvenience! But the decision was made to accommodate ridership demand on North Hampton.

  3. RTBones says:

    Hey Courtney –

    Just following up Peter’s question above: did you ever hear anything on why it seems (to riders, anyway) that every change involves service cuts? Is it just perception on our part, or is there something to it?

    1. Courtney says:

      It’s more that adjustments are made to accommodate heavy ridership demands or route schedules are adjusted because something wasn’t working well with the route. It’s not service cuts to the system as a whole, though I imagine it can be very frustrating to some riders.

  4. mike says:

    The more things (bus service) change, the more they remain the same, and worse.

  5. John P. says:

    Dear Courtney,
    The June change to #90 service on South Hampton is particularly inconvenient during weekday rush hour. Service between the Catalan loop and Forest Park Station used to be 20 minutes between buses during rush hour, but now it’s every 30 minutes. That’s a drag if one happens to miss a bus and now has to wait a half-hour for the next one.
    Before the change, passengers caught the continuing-south #90 bus at the Forest Park Station at 5:30pm. Now the next such bus is scheduled to arrive at 5:40pm. You may say it’s 10 minutes more only of waiting, but in hot (like this week), cold or rainy weather, the extra 1o minutes can be agony — which is prolonged when the bus is 4-5 minutes late, as has happened each day so far.
    To move to another matter: When will Metro restore bus service on Jamieson south from Chippewa to Hampton? Before the severe service cuts, the #8 Bates bus serviced this stretch of Jamieson, getting people back and forth from S. Grand to the Shrewsbury station. Now such passengers like myself have to use the S. Grand and Hampton buses again, which increases these buses’ riderships.
    Thanks for your consideration of these matters.

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