New Bus Routes Premier to Mixed Reactions
COLUMBIA- The long awaited Columbia bus route changes started Monday.
Reactions to the changes were mixed, some riders were confused and Public Transit officials were pleased.
Jill Stedem, a representative for Columbia Public Transit said, the confusion came despite weeks of publicizing these changes.
"We caught a few people off guard," said Stedem, "but for the most part things have run smoothly."
Some bus riders were less impressed with the way things ran under the new routes. Mac Payne took the bus Monday to pay a bill, but said he had to wait an hour to run his errand.
"I wasn't expecting to wait an hour," said Payne, "I could've walked there by now."
Another rider was confused by the changes.
"Well when I got on [the bus] this morning, I was confused because I hadn't road in like a month," said Roberta Cason, "I got on the bus, but when I got to the station I took the 101 North and I didn't get to where I was supposed to be."
The result of this? A one hour detour that sent her in a circle, "I had to go all the back to Wabash, take the 102 North and then I had to go quite a ways before I got to where I had to go," said Carson.
Stedem said in time she thinks people will learn to live with the new routes. You can click on the link to the right of this article to see the full transit schedule.