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North Hill bus routes to be changed

Commuters wait for buses at the Brandon Transit downtown terminal on Eighth Street last week. New routes are planned to start on Monday to service the North Hill.

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Commuters wait for buses at the Brandon Transit downtown terminal on Eighth Street last week. New routes are planned to start on Monday to service the North Hill.

Brandon Transit will be making permanent changes to two North Hill bus routes, after continuing complaints that the current buses aren't arriving in time for riders to tranfers at the downtown bus mall.

One of the two new Brandon bus routes for North Hill service.

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One of the two new Brandon bus routes for North Hill service. (CITY OF BRANDON)

One of the two new Brandon bus routes for North Hill service.

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One of the two new Brandon bus routes for North Hill service. (CITY OF BRANDON)

The city says that the changes were accelerated after the closure of the Eighth Street Bridge earlier this month.

"Over the past number of years, we have seen the demographics in ridership along the routes servicing the City’s North Hill change quite dramatically, in terms of where people are accessing buses and how scheduling is affected by growing traffic volumes," said Brandon Transit manager Carla Richardson. "With the recent closure of the Eighth Street Bridge, the already tight timelines of the Kirkcaldy and Rec Centre routes have only been exacerbated and that is certainly causing frustration for riders and operators. As such, we’ve decided to use this as an opportunity to move forward with some much-needed routes changes that we anticipate will better meet our current and future needs on the North Hill."

The bridge has been closed for more than two weeks, with no re-opening date in sight, after a lateral support beam underneath was hit by a five-ton truck.

Detailed maps of the new routes are available for public viewing online at http://brandontransit.ca/route-schedules and will be posted inside buses, at the Brandon Transit Information Office on Rosser Avenue and in media ads. These revised routes will begin operating at 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

The city says that they will be looking for public feedback on the routes, and have scheduled a public consultation for Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. A shuttle bus will be available to ferry interested members of the public to the consultation, and will depart from the downtown bus mall at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

"After transit users have had a chance to experience the new North Hill routes, their feedback is certainly encouraged. We are even asking for users to help name these routes once they get up and running," Richardson said. "We are implementing these route changes in order to better serve our Brandon Transit customers, so we absolutely need to know what’s working well or what needs improvement."

For now, the routes will be referred to as Route 4 (PDF map) and Route 5 (PDF map).

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Good to see the city making changes that are needed! Now can they look into why there is two buses running the same street one after the other for blocks? I don't know which routes the are but they travel 18th, street going south, the last time they were right behind each other. Is this an efficient way to run buses?

Arlene Saito

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