RTS plans more frequent service as part of redesign

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A bus every 15 minutes? That may be the reality for some routes under a proposed plan by RTS to better its service.

While, under the current system, some stops may see buses frequently, especially those along main service lines near downtown, most spots are lucky to see one bus per hour.

But, according to a report issued by the transit service on Thursday, RTS plans to change that.

Under its plan, RTS would offer two lines: frequent service and local service. Frequent service lines would offer a bus every 15 minutes on weekday routes between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. On weekends, service would be offered every 30 minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

RTS says they would also work to have 30 routes that run seven days a week with 10 frequent routes and 20 local routes. The bus service says that 95 percent of current riders would be within walking distance to a stop and 64 percent would be within walking distance of a frequent-level service stop.

Plans also outline plans to add seven “community mobility zones” and 11 “connection hubs” that would the company serve areas outside the city.  In its second stage, RTS plans to further determine solutions for these areas.

While RTS has finished its first stage, the project as a whole has a ways to go. But, the bus service hopes to have the full plan implemented by Summer 2020.


Read the full report from RTS here

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