Reduced bus service eyed
Ride the bus much?
Those who get around on Grand Valley Transit buses might want to weigh in on proposed changes to the network’s 12 routes.
In general, the proposed changes include trimmed nighttime and early-morning bus services. Nighttime bus services, which currently run into the 10 p.m. hour, may run until 9:15 p.m., at the latest, under the proposal. All routes, except for Patterson Road, are under consideration for starting about an hour later each morning. That route is under proposal to be extended, ending at 8:45 p.m. each night instead of 7:45 p.m.
Routes that run to the Grand Junction Regional Airport along Horizon Drive and a route to Orchard Mesa are under consideration to start an hour later in the morning but run two hours later into the evenings. Currently those buses run until 7:05 p.m., but under the proposal, they would run until 9:15 p.m.
The earliest morning routes — from Fruita, Palisade and Clifton, which currently start at 4:45 a.m. — are under consideration to start at 5:45 a.m. Bus service on those three routes would end at 8:45 p.m., instead of at 10:35 p.m., as it is now.
Residents who ride local buses are encouraged to leave comments about the host of proposed changes, according to Todd Hollenbeck, manager of the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office.
Hollenbeck said officials with the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee already have received a number of comments about the proposed changes. One of the concerns is that workers who must be at the job site early rely on the early-morning routes, but they do not need the extended nighttime bus services, he said.
“We have to have a discussion with the board to see what they would like to do,” Hollenbeck said.
Just last year, board members extended the nighttime bus service to 10 p.m. However, survey results show the extended time is not as popular as expected with riders.
The most popular route for GVT is the North Avenue route.
Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee board members are expected to discuss the proposed routes during a meeting next month. New route schedules may be implemented by August, Hollenbeck said.
To comment on the proposed plan and to see a list of the proposed new hours, visit http://www.gvt.mesacounty.us or call and leave a message at 256-7433.