Changes to three bus routes in the city will begin Jan. 3.

The adjustments to Routes 1, 2 and 3 by ColumBUS Transit were approved by the Columbus Board of Public Works on Tuesday.

The changes implemented on Route 1 will provide more frequent service to IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College and the Bartholomew County Division of Family Services. Buses will be available two times an hour instead of one, said Cindy Setser, the city’s transit coordinator.

In addition, the move will also result in directional changes meant to better serve residents at Candlelight Village located on Candlelight Drive. That change, proposed for safety reasons, will allow riders to board buses on the north side of Rocky Ford Road instead of having to cross the street.

Designated stops on Middle Road at Parkside and Hawpatch drives will also be made available. Meanwhile, changes on Route 2 will pick up the Waycross and Lockerbie areas currently covered by Route 3, which often runs behind schedule, Setser said.

The adjustment on Route 3 also will allow the transit system to pick up passengers at Fairington Apartments on Fairington Drive, near 25th Street and Taylor Road.

No changes are being made to Route 4 and 5.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com