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Published September 19, 2011, 10:05 PM

MATBus considers route changes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Big changes may be coming to MATBus routes in the metro. Some routes may be combined and shifted, all because of an increase in ridership.

Big changes may be coming to MATBus routes in the metro. Some routes may be combined and shifted, all because of an increase in ridership.

Steve Johnson is on his way from south Moorhead to the Library downtown. a trip on the bus that sometimes takes him 45 minutes and requires a transfer. An increase in the number of riders means that the bus is making more stops and not staying on schedule.

Steve Johnson – MATBus Rider: “They're like off time, sometimes late sometimes early it's kind of confusing.”

It means that transfers don't always happen. A new proposal would do away with this transfer spot near the Marriott in South Moorhead and allow riders like Steve to ride from south of the interstate to downtown Moorhead and Fargo. It would also mean fewer routes in Moorhead but still the same number of buses.

Joseph Nigg – Metrocog Planner: “They have 5 routes in service and what we would be doing is going to 3 routes and 2 buses on each and 30 minute frequency on the three routes.”

Another part of the proposal has none of the bus routes in Moorhead crossing the tracks here north of Main Avenue. Train traffic has lead to major delays on some of the current routes, and changes are also being considered for the Fargo routes as well and the way people are picked up at stops in Fargo.

Joseph Nigg: “Fargo you don't have designated stops so basically if you walk to a corner and it's on a bus route you can flag down and you'll be able to jump on.”

Part of this proposal means there would be designated stops in Fargo. Anything that would shorten Steve's trip is all right with him

Steve Johnson: “That would be really nice.”

MATBus want to know what you think of these proposed changes. You can let them know Wednesday from 8 to 8 at the Ground Transportation Center in Fargo.

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