EUGENE, Ore. -- Big changes are coming to bus services in Lane County. The Lane Transit District is proposing shifts in service on 16 different routes. They say the alterations are part of the district's effort to create a more efficient and sustainable service, but some riders don’t want change.
LTD says the adjustments come after reviewing ridership numbers. They say this will increase service in areas that are seeing more demand and decrease service in areas that see less demand. One rider said he worried about losing the weekday afternoon trips on the 41 and that many people, especially seniors, rely on afternoon services to get from point A to point B.
“As time goes on, I'm going to depend more on the bus. So are a lot of seniors, and it will have a major negative impact,” said Elliot Becker, who rides the bus. “I won’t be able to connect with EmX. I won’t be able to go downtown in the morning and come home in the afternoon, which I often do.”
The changes are expected to take effect Sept. 16. A public comment period ends June 20. So far LTD says around 20 people have reached out to them.
“It can be tough for people when the schedules change,” said LTD spokesman Edward McGlone. “And if that is the case, we really need to hear from folks so that we are able to make adjustments.”
To find out if your route will be impacted by the proposed changes, and to make your voice heard, click here.