CoMo Connect Red Line to replace Fast Cat buses

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago July 29, 2014 Jul 29, 2014 Tuesday, July 29 2014 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:56:00 PM CDT in News
By: Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Columbia Transit said Tuesday it will replace the Fast Cat bus service with the new CoMo Connect Red Line Wednesday. 

The Fast Cat bus service began running in August 2012. It provided transportation around downtown Columbia and to hospitals and college campuses.

The idea for the new CoMo Connect routes came from a public input meeting last fall. The proposed plan was approved by the Columbia City Council in mid-February. 

Teresa White, a marketing specialist with Columbia Public Works, said there was a great deal of community outreach for a better transportation system to both Boone County Hospital and University Hospital. 

"It was very easy to implement in that it had great public support from the beginning," said White.

The new system is a network system, as opposed to the previous orbital-pulse system. The new system looks to provide more downtown coverage. White said the current system will be inefficient as Columbia continues to grow. 

The Fast Cat has stops at Stephens College and The University of Missouri. CoMo Connect will add Columbia College to its route. 

White said the updated Black and Gold Routes, which travel through the heart of the city, will offer higher frequency and travel in both directions. She said the goal is to make neighborhood routes seem smaller. Columbia Public Works said it wants to reduce travel time for customers who want to do day-to-day activities like getting groceries.

"People will have more frequent service in their area," said White. 

Columbia resident and frequent Fast Cat user Fred Groves said he did not have much to complain about.

"I don't have any problems with it except on occasion if there is nobody sitting at the bus stop, the driver will drive on through and I will miss the bus. But it's really minor and doesn't happen that often."

The remaining CoMo Connect buses will officially begin running August 2. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be Saturday at 10 a.m. outside the MU Student Center. 

For more information on the Red Line's new routes visit ComoConnect.org

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure that's part of a growing national movement aimed at forcing... More >>
1 hour ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 9:05:56 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police say a man has been hospitalized with life threatening injuries after a car hit him at... More >>
2 hours ago February 14, 2016 Feb 14, 2016 Sunday, February 14 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:46:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - All different vendors rented spaces at Capital Mall Trade Days on Saturday. Home baked goods, fashion... More >>
15 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:43:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A home in North Columbia was damaged Saturday after a bedroom caught fire. Fire crews were called... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock released statements Saturday on the passing of... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:25:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation. The city... More >>
17 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:56:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that... More >>
17 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:51:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Friends of Responsible Agriculture filed a motion for what they said is "another Sunshine Law violation against... More >>
18 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate made moves this week to fight back against the number one killer of Americans.... More >>
18 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri researcher has determined that high-impact resistance training in adolescence and young-adulthood increases bone mass... More >>
19 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City woman who worked as a teacher and lived on a pension left $2... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:33:39 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of Missouri officials say they're looking into whether a graduate student employee union would be legal.... More >>
23 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:04:08 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A report on U.S. import and export prices reveals the price of agricultural exports has declined for the... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:42:00 AM CST in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Mid County Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire southeast of Camdenton late Friday afternoon. ... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 8:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District, or CID, has applications open for residents, business owners or registered... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 7:09:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced additional disaster assistance for renters in Missouri affected by... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 6:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A man is recovering Friday after he jumped into a frozen lake to save the life of his... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:33:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:32:00 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 25°
11am 26°
12pm 29°
1pm 32°
2pm 36°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30 am
Paid Program
11:00 am
Open House
11:30 am
More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics
10:30 am
In Search of the Lord's Way
11:00 am
Paid Program
11:30 am
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Saturday Night Live
8:00 pm
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7:00 pm
It Could Happen to You
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Cougar Town