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After hearing from the public on how Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) can best serve its riders, officials are releasing a list of proposed changes to bus service in Pocatello and Chubbuck.
“We’ve taken a long, hard look at the service we are providing and feel that these proposed modifications will still allow us to continue to meet the needs of our loyal patrons,” said Dave Hunt, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “We would still service nearly all the same areas. Our proposals bring together some routes at key transfer locations which will bring more options and direct service to more destinations to our riders.”
In 2015, PRT was asked by the Pocatello City Council to look at ways of reducing costs within the department. Ultimately, the decision was made to consider reducing the number of core routes from seven to five. The proposals also come after a five-month public comment period that included two open house meetings.
“Now that we’ve got an idea on how to proceed forward, we’d like to hear from the public on the proposals,” said Hunt. “We understand and empathize with those who will be impacted under these changes, but it’s necessary for the long-term viability of our service.”
Officials will take public comment via email and mail until February 18 at 5 p.m. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to City of Pocatello Public Transit Department, P.O. Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205.
The summary of proposed changes is included below. Residents can also visit pocatellotransit.com and view the proposed timetables and maps associated with the modified routes.
PRT will present their findings on the proposed changes to the City Council February 18 for a public hearing and Council action. If the new routes are adopted, they will begin running March 21, 2016.
Summary of Proposed Changes
Route A: Continues to serve all present stop locations, but the scheduled times for most stops are seven minutes earlier. This is to allow bus-to-bus transfers to Routes B, C, and E at Cedar/Pershing.
Route B: Discontinues stops along East Cedar, Randolph, Pocatello Creek, and Bench. Service to these locations will be by transfer at Cedar/Pershing to the revised E Route. Minor arrival/departure time adjustments will be at 7th Avenue to Yellowstone Avenue. Minor route adjustments at West Cedar-West Maple and Gould-Grant will be made for safety reasons.
Route C: No changes, except that the time schedule will be adjusted to allow transfers to Routes A, B, and E at Cedar/Pershing. The bus will leave Bench/Pocatello Creek and Cedar/Warren seven minutes earlier than the current schedule.
Route D: Combines portions of the former E and F routes to serve one-hour headways along South 4th/5th Avenues, Old Town, Westwood Mall, and East Side stops between Maple and ISU. (Locations served by the former Route D will be served by Routes A, C, and E, with the exception of Hiline Road from Pocatello Creek to Quinn.)
Route E: Revised to combine East Bench locations served previously by D and E Routes, including PMC and HHS, and to connect these with the other core routes at Cedar/Pershing and ISU Student Health.
Route F: The former Route F is incorporated into Route D.
Seasonal Routes: Seasonal Routes C-Tripper, G, H, I, and J remain as scheduled.