LTD changes would impact South Hills, downtown Eugene

Here’s what you need to know.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 5:19 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2019 7:54 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. – The Lane Transit District could soon be changing things up. Here’s what you need to know.

Alterations to routes have been proposed that would increase service to downtown Eugene, LTD said. However, routes will be consolidated rather than canceled, LTD said.

Mark Johnson with LTD said it's a trade-off, and they want the proposed new routes to improve ridership.

"You put a bus in one place -- you can't put it in the other," said Johnson. "And there's only so much money to go around. So do you trade off the frequency on our major corridors for going into the neighborhoods, or do you maintain the neighborhoods and not do as much frequency?"

If you use route 24, you could be affected by these changes. LTD is considering changing that route, which collects and drops off people in the South Hills. Residents would receive limited service if the changes go into effect.

Resident Kahli Burke said his daughter uses that route to get to school, and he has some concerns about how much further she would have to walk to get to a bus that would take her there.

At board meetings scheduled for Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 at LTD headquarters, 3500 E. 17th Ave., some will speak out about why they think the route is worth saving.

However Johnson said these changes would not be coming right away, and the soonest we would see changes is next fall.

For all the details on the proposed changes and the timeline, head to LTD's website.

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