In May, the city's bus riders saw two 30-minute bus routes on Wahsatch and Cascade avenues replaced with 15-minute service on Nevada Avenue.
The Old North End neighborhood was not pleased and asked the city to return to the old system (News,"Bus Stop," July 13). However, the Independence Center, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities, as well as many bus riders, supported a different option: staggering 30-minute routes on Weber Street and Nevada, only a block apart.
Following public meetings, Mountain Metropolitan Transit went with the latter plan.
City Transportation Planning Manager Craig Blewitt says MMT considered "meeting community transit needs, being sensitive to neighborhood concerns, and safety." This option, he says, best met the needs of bus riders, who can still access 15-minute service, while considering neighborhood wishes.
Effective Sept. 18, MMT also increased frequency of Routes 7 and 27 on Saturday from 60-minute service to 30-minute service; added Saturday service on Route 39; and added weekday evening and Sunday service on Route 4.
The increased services are covered by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority sales tax.