METRO BOARD APPROVES FEBRUARY SERVICE CHANGES
AGENCY TO RETAIN THREE ROUTES PROPOSED FOR DISCONTINUATION
The METRO Board of Directors approved service changes today and retained three routes originally proposed for discontinuation: 30 Clinton, 48 Navigation (Pleasantville branch) and 49 Chimney Rock.
“The new METRO is very serious about listening to the community in order to provide first-class transit. This process is a perfect example of that spirit,” said METRO Chairman Gilbert Garcia.
METRO held three community workshops to discuss possible service solutions for the aforementioned routes, which generated a high number of comments at the agency’s Dec. 5, 2011, public hearing. The sessions, strongly attended by 320 persons, combined, resulted in the submissions of more than 140 comments. Staff will continue to work with the impacted communities to come up with efficient service that fits their needs and the agency’s, but moving forward, the current routing of the 30, 48 and 49 will remain the same.
“I appreciate everyone who came out to our workshops so that we could hear their suggestions. As the community changes, we need to change to meet the needs of the community,” said George Greanias, METRO president & CEO.
The service changes – originally scheduled for January – will go in effect February 26, 2012. The changes include adding or deleting stops, adjusting routes and the discontinuation of seven consistently low-performing routes:
- 35 Fairview
- 39 Parker Road
- 59 Aldine Mail Crosstown
- 60 Hardy
- 286 West Little York/Uptown-Greenway
Information regarding the service changes will be placed on all buses, impacted bus stops as well as METRO’s website.
METRO evaluates, adjusts and implements service changes three times a year to provide reliable and efficient service. Service changes in FY2011 were a key factor in boosting METRO’s ridership, now in a fifth consecutive month of increases. December 2011 ridership rose nearly 2 percent to 6,014,507 boardings compared to the 5,903,391 boardings in December 2010.