Half of Longview Transit bus routes to change

Half of Longview Transit bus routes to change
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 11:14am

Three of Longview’s six bus routes will change starting Oct. 1 with the most significant re-routing of Route 5 to help riders of the now-ceased Route 7 pilot program.

The changes, which will affect Routes 4, 5 and 6, were put in place to address transportation needs that a failed inter-city route to Gladewater helped identify and were presented to the Public Transportation Advisory Committee on Tuesday.

“Since (Route 7) has come to an end we have tweaked our route to encompass that 75 percent that was basically Longview,” said Longview Transit General Manager Scott Lewis.

The Longview Transit bus system had more than 21,000 passengers in August, and nearly 160,000 passengers so far this year.

Routes 6,5, and 3 compete for the busiest routes, said Director of Operations Tequita Mumphrey.

The Route 7 pilot program, operated for six months from the start of March until Aug. 31, connected Longview and Gladewater on U.S. 80, but the majority of its 2,365 total riders boarded and got off the bus inside Longview — taking advantage of the route’s path which provided transport to Harrison Road.

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