JeffTran Plans Route Changes

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JEFFERSON CITY - JeffTran, Jefferson City's public bus system, will change four of its routes to improve effeciency. Tuesday morning city officials explained the changes and listened to suggestions from the public. These improvements should benefit a lot of people, but others, not so much.

The proposed adjustments include:

1. The elimination of the South Route due to low ridership.  However, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, which was one of the main stops on the route, will be included in the revised Capital Mall Route.

2. The Business 50 East Route will travel on Eastland to provide service to Lewis and Clark Middle School rather than travel down Vetter to Elm Street.  The High Street East Route will be extended across Elm Street to Gerbes East.

3.  The Southwest Route will be extended to Stadium to JCMG to provide better downtown access.

"All of these changes are aimed at making sure our public transportation system is best meeting the needs of our riders and operating as efficiently as possible," said Roger Schwartze, the city's director of public works.

Virginia Lafayette rides the bus several times a week, and in particular, she uses the South Route. Since Lafayette doesn't own a vehicle, she relies on JeffTran to get around.  She currently uses the South Route and walks 20 minutes to the bus stop closest to her home.  

With these potential changes, Lafayette's route would end.  She could still use the Southwest Route as an alternative, but this would double the time to walk to a bus stop.  

The South Route has only been in service since January and averages 21 riders a day and costs the city about $120,000. According to Schwartze, this route isn't servicing enough people for the cost. 

Lafayette said she hopes the South Route continues to run, but will still use the bus system regardless.  

A public hearing regarding the changes will be held at the City Council meeting on April 2, in the Council Chambers.  If all goes as planned, these changes could go into effect April 16.  You can view maps of the route changes here.