Monday, October 08, 2007


As my fellow councilor Dave Norris has previously blogged, City buses are free this month.

This is a great opportunity to give the buses a try. Charlottesville Transit Service has made a lot of improvements in the last couple of years. The buses are much more reliable (ie, on time!). Two important routes, the trolley and the 7, run on Sundays, and a new route runs to the County office building on 5th Street. Faculty, students and staff at UVa always ride free (thanks to UVa) and City residents can use their fare-free system as well. And our buses are wheel-chair accessible, and have a rack for your bike.

In the future, both CTS and UTS will will use have a GPS system that will tell riders how long until the next bus arrives. There is discussion of making the system always fare-free (but I wonder why a 75-cent fare would make a difference, but I'm told it does), and the City and County are looking at creating a Regional Transit Authority, with the goal of a significantly expanded system.

So give the bus a try this month, and let us know what you think.


Blogger Kempis said...

When will the ridership numbers for October become available? Or where should one look for them if they currently are available?

I would be curious to know if the "Free ride" increased ridership when compared to last month and last year during the month of October. And how much the increase was?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Vote Kleeman said...

I'd be curious to see what that experiment cost the taxpayers.

Does anyone really think that people who haven't started riding the bus aren't doing so because they can't afford it? If so, then how could they afford to keep riding it when it isn't free anymore?

No wonder my property taxes are so high!!

8:06 PM  

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