Modified bus routes running smoothly

Changes to three city routes took effect this week, with adjustments to Routes 1, 2 and 3 by ColumBUS Transit done to better serve the community’s needs.

“Things are running smooth,” said Cindy Setser, the city’s transit coordinator.

The changes implemented on Route 1 provide more frequent service to IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College and the Bartholomew County Division of Family Services. Buses are available two times an hour instead of one.

Directional changes also were made 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 are part of the adjustments. Changes on Route 2 will pick up the Waycross and Lockerbie areas formerly served by Route 3, which often was behind schedule.

Passengers can also be picked up at Fairington Apartments on Fairington Drive, near 25th Street and Taylor Road, under an adjustment that was made on Route 3.

Setser said she is pleased with the route adjustments and that there have been no concerns from the public.

“The changes were made with the community in mind,” she said. “We just hope it will work well for everyone.”

ColumBUS Transit also is evaluating where to place three or four bus shelters in the city that will slated to be put up in the spring. The transit system hopes to get feedback from the public in determining where the shelters should go, Setser said.

The public can call ColumBUS Transit at 812-376-2506 or email Setser at csetser@columbusin.gov to offer suggestions.

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