Sunday, April 01, 2007

Just hop on the bus, Gus...

After a lengthy public process, changes to the Howard Transit bus system take effect tomorrow (April 2). After a quick look at some of the new routes, I'm optimistic about the prospects of a more viable transit network, especially because of the effort placed on reducing wait times and expanding service to heretofore undeserved areas (for instance, Jeffers Hill).

From a strictly selfish standpoint, I'm glad to see travel time between the Mall and Oakland Mills has been cut in half during rush hours, thanks in part to the elimination (on one route) of the Columbia Medical Plan stop, which I half-seriously, half-flippantly concluded in a previous post was a "pointless stop."

In honor of the changes and addition of new routes, Howard County is reducing fares to $0.25 on April 2 and April 3. They're also giving free peanut to each rider! Sounds like as good an excuse as any to hop on the bus.

A list of routes and timetables is available here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"the effort placed on reducing wait times and expanding service to heretofore undeserved areas (for instance, Jeffers Hill)"

Undeserved or underserved?

Hopefully they'll get this fixed soon.

More importantly, avoid and become not the Bus Uncle and hope efforts to bring increased density here don't lead to similar mass psychoses.

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