FastCAT to Fall Short of First-Year Expectations

4 years 6 months 1 week ago Saturday, June 01 2013 Jun 1, 2013 Saturday, June 01, 2013 7:51:00 PM UTC June 01, 2013 in News
By: Nicole Krasavage
loading

COLUMBIA- The FastCAT bus route is struggling to live up to Columbia Transit's initial expectations for its inaugural year. An analysis of ridership patterns shows the route will not break even at the end of its first fiscal year.

The total expenses of FastCAT at this point in the city fiscal year are $217,591, while total revenue to date is $60,129. This means FastCAT would need  to take in $157,463 more than ongoing expenses to break even by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"The route has probably not performed as well as everyone would have hoped it would," Steven Sapp, Pubic Information Specialist for Columbia Public Works, said. "It has picked up a little bit as we've been able to get out and do some more education and a little more marketing."

Currently, FastCAT makes a circular route that connects the MU campus to Columbia's downtown area. The buses go as north as Walnut Street and as far south as Hospital Drive.

The vision for FastCAT was to create a student-centered route that emulated bus systems on other college campuses, such as University of Illinois-Champaign. But instead of taking the bus, students are opting to walk to downtown locations.

"They want to go to other places," Sapp said. "They want to go to the shopping areas, they want to go to the entertainment areas and they want to have a safe way to get back, so I think that's part of the mission the transit is trying to fulfill now."

Michael Lewis is a bus driver for Columbia Transit, and his favorite route is FastCAT.

"Some of the public didn't know they could ride it," Lewis said. "They thought it was for students only."

Lewis also said the people who do ride FastCAT enjoy the bus more than the others.

"They're newer buses," Lewis said. "They're cleaner. They like to sit there and watch sports on the TV."

The successes and failure of the FastCAT line have led Columbia Transit to develop a new transit model called "CoMo Connect." The city council gave Columbia Transit the green light to move forward with the new transit plan.

Instead of a "hub-and-spoke" arrangement where the current system revolves around Wabash Station, the new plan would create a circular route, which would make the routes more efficient. Moving forward, Columbia Transit will work to get a lot of public feedback to create the most effective system. It is estimating a 12-month to 18-month turnaround before there will be a finished project.

"I think it's an excellent idea to have the buses do the transfers where they can here out on the streets," Lewis said. "The public wants it. The three ladies I had on earlier, they're asking when that starts. They want it to start now."

"What should the FastCAT of tomorrow really look like?" Sapp said. "It will be a very involved process, but one we are very excited about because we think we are taking transit from its inception back in 1965, where we've been in kind of this time warp over the past 45 years, and now we really got a grip and got a good plan to move transit into where it should be to fit a modern day city like Columbia is now."

Click here for more information on CoMo Connect.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Around seven police units and one forensic unit were at the scene on Old Hawthorne Drive near Shallow... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 7:34:00 AM UTC December 11, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The city plans to begin repairing base failures in the Thornbrook Subdivision beginning Dec. 11 at 8 a.m.... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 Monday, December 11, 2017 3:34:00 AM UTC December 11, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Nearly four years ago to the day, local business owner Linda Bonebrake was diagnosed with severe sepsis at... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:47:00 PM UTC December 10, 2017 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Bird lovers got an up close look at birds typically seen in their backyards Sunday. It... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 5:36:00 PM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Museums around Columbia hosted docent led tours Sunday, spreading awareness about their exhibits and art collections. Docents are... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:59:00 PM UTC December 10, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - 2017 will mark the 140th Christmas the historic Maplewood House has seen from its home in south Columbia.... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:54:00 PM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - MU Police Department, MU Greek Life, local businesses and residents made Operation Steal Back Christmas a huge success.... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:31:00 PM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — After more than 20 years of providing resources and activities for home schooling, a southwest Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:38:00 AM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:39:00 AM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Alyssa Schell joined the University of Missouri Police Department as a dispatcher in February, excited to be living out... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:28:00 AM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
CENTRALIA - A husband, wife and visiting grandchildren escaped a Saturday night house fire in Centralia, fire officials said. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 10 2017 Dec 10, 2017 Sunday, December 10, 2017 1:36:00 AM UTC December 10, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 8-year-old boy has died after being hit by a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:35:21 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Students, staff and community members volunteered at University Village this morning to create a community garden, with the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:41:00 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia provides plenty of Christmas experiences for families to enjoy, but Columbia Access Television (CAT) offered a unique... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:38:00 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, the Patrick family watched news reports about the damage from their home... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:25:00 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With two years added to his contract, Mizzou football head coach Barry Odom will remain with the Tigers... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:15:00 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The first-degree murder trial of a 28-year-old Wisconsin man charged in the stabbing death of his Missouri... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:06:46 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- As winter approaches, cold temperatures are making their way back to Columbia, with lows this week consistently below freezing.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, December 09 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:37:00 PM UTC December 09, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 42°
10am 49°
11am 49°
12pm 49°
1pm 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00a
Megyn Kelly TODAY
10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
11:00a
Rachael Ray
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Better Late Than Never
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld