Monday, June 05, 2006

May 31-June 3

May 31 we took the bus to the Library and then back down town. This was all five of us. We were able to eat at our favorite lunch spot and then get home before I had to be at work.

June 1. In the evening Melinda got on the bus at her home and rode it to our neighborhood to pick up the kids. Skye, Noah, and Sammy all got on the bus and took it to Wabash where I met them after I got off work. We went to the Chronicles of Narnia at Flat Branch. It was over all a easy day and smooth on the bus.

June 2. I was able to take the bus to and from work. Smooth as usual.

June 3. I was dropped off at work by Thad and he went on a bike ride. I then caught the bus home after work.

We are still taking the bus and enjoying the experiences we are having. There are a lot of people who rely on the transit system and ( I cant state this enough) I hope that they are planning on improving the schedule soon.
I know that there are a lot of my clients, Friends and Neighbors that have no Idea about the Transit system. I think that they need to puch for more riders. How I am not sure. I hope that some of the attention that we have mad will help.


At 7:06 AM, Blogger blackpurl said...

I just stumbled across your blog. I commend your family for discovering public transport! You are all ready to travel abroad. We live in Russia and have spent time in Ukraine and Italy. Public transport is used by the majority of people that we know. Best wishes!

At 5:03 PM, Blogger The Simmons Family said...

WOW!!! People in Russia are reading our Blog??!!! C-R-A-Z-Y.

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know about bus ridership. There's a stop outside my window at work where I almost never used to see anyone waiting, and now it seems like there's someone there for nearly every bus. Has there been an increase in ridership recently?

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, ridership has slightly increased from 2005 to '06, but it may depend on where you work, as certain areas of Columbia are denser than others. I've heard ridership has increased %5.5 from this time last year, and that trend could continue with the high cost of gas. I would say, expect more people to ride the bus in the future, as gas and other costs make driving by car more expensive, and as the system grows.

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think when the Boone County population reaches 200,000; the city of Columbia should hand over transit service to a future Boone County Transit Authority.

Transit systems with a service area of at least 200,000 will immediately stop receiving federal funding, and will have to start its own tax specifically for public transportation. The benefit of this is that the bus system becomes self-sufficient, and can make improvements on its own, and negate the need to go through council for approval of all changes costing money.

Now that we know this, it would be wise of Columbia to hand transit service over to Boone County Transit Authority (not necessarily ran by Boone County its self), yet have the same system still be ran unless the need for a system ‘re-due’ is necessary. This would not only tie the county with the city, but the bus system could now fund its self, and improve its self on its own will!

Now to make it simple:
-the same system in Columbia would still stay put (unless the Authority thinks it should change).
-both Boone County and Columbia would have THEIR OWN separate bus systems, but would be operated under the authority of BCTA (Boone County Transit Authority).
-the two separate bus systems would meet at several hubs and end-of-lines.
-a tax of some kind would be voted by the people, and if approved, would solely serve public transit operations.

That would truly create mass-transit, and I think we, being Boone County and the city of Columbia, should do it. Without doubt, that would serve the public’s best interest.

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went through the Wabash yesterday, only to find that the city is going to severely cut back the #7 Purple (the Theater Special). It doesn’t surprise me that the #7 doesn’t have many riders, but this is because Columbia Transit hasn’t advertised like they said they would in 2004. So the #7 is a victim of their unkept promise. What the city is going to do is discontinue Thursday night service on the #7, and cut back Saturday service; #7 will not go into service until 2:05 pm, VS. the current 9:45 am start. I know that the #7 Purple can be made a successful bus line if it is advertised. It does go through MU campus, and connects the two biggest movie theaters to the bus system. It CAN be successful; it just needs to be shown to the public through advertising.

On a more positive note: the city is going to go ahead with the #8 Gold Route. It will connect Campus View Apartments, Old Hwy. 63, and Grindstone Parkway with Brady Commons. That should be a good addition to the Columbia Transit system.

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhhhhh....does any one even read this thing any more? Im all alone, cold and scared!

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to update anyone that may by an odd chance skip upon this;

July/August 2007: 2007 Master Transit Plan approved by city council, changing Columbia Transit routes. Routes modified from #1-8 color coding system, to #101-106 weekday and #301-306 weekend for fixed routes. Routes have been modified to cover the service area of two routes on one side of town, and routes are paired and switch to each other at the Wabash Station.
#7 Purple Route (theater special) discontinued due to poor ridership.
New operation hours of 6:30am to 8:30pm on weekdays, and 10:00am to 7:30pm on Saturday. Drop in evening hours due to new rule at Columbia Mall restricting teenagers on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dial-a-Ride program to start in January, fare is $3, riders must register prior to use, and will be offered outside normal fleet operation hours.
Park 'N Ride lot to be constructed in 3-5 years, along with three new commuter routes to be put in service.
5-8 years, new routes to be formed as system plans for expansion.

All destination signs are now electronic LED for easy use and ability to instantly adapt to route changes.

New '07 New Flyer buses have arrived, built to Euro style.

Fare system 100% electronic, soon to be upgraded to reload enabled cards.

Wabash Station expansion and renovation nearing completion, will be multi-model transit center when completed.

Ridership continues to grow, 2007 expected to be near 600,000 for fixed route system alone.


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