ColumBUS Transit Service Expands Week-Day Hours

The ColumBUS Transit service will extend its hours during the week beginning Monday, January 27, to better serve the transit-dependent population. The new hours will be 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

These new hours apply to both the fixed-route Transit system and the paratransit Call-a-Bus system. Both services formerly operated from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The new schedule adds an additional hour during the week and decreases the Saturday schedule by one hour in the evening, when fewer riders access the service. The last fixed-route run will leave the Mill Race Station depot at 7:05 p.m. on week nights, but service will continue along the route until 8:00 p.m.

“We conducted a comprehensive survey of our Transit services, and extending the hours was the second most requested improvement after adding a route on Jonathan Moore Pike,” Mayor Kristen Brown said. “The new hours will better accommodate our community members’ work schedules and give them an opportunity to shop or run errands after work before going home.”

The extended hours are a result of a five-month study by the City of Columbus to examine how riders use the bus system, including when and where they take the bus, how often they ride, what their experience is, and what improvements they would like to see. The study included gathering valuable public input through an open house and survey.

Fixed route service is 25 cents per person per trip. Call-a-Bus is an origin to destination 50-cent ride provided for persons who are unable to access the fixed routes because of disability, age or injury. To schedule a Call-a-Bus ride, call 376-2506.

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