With the new MetroRapid line scheduled to begin service on Tuesday, May 28, 2013; HART has released a small list of routes that will see adjustments to their weekday schedules. Although these changes will be taking effect on Sunday, May 26, 2013, the weekday changes will not be effective until Tuesday, May 28, 2013, due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27, 2013, by which HART will be operating on a Sunday-level schedule. Changes to Route 2 service will take effect on Monday, June 10, 2013, when revenue service begins for MetroRapid.
The purpose of these changes is to allow HART to strengthen busy routes that need more buses in order to maintain efficient service. You’ve probably heard me say in previous posts about how some routes, like 30 and 34, have been lagging behind due to heavier passenger loads during the rush hours, but not enough buses to make up for the increased loads. This in-turn has created inefficiencies in weekday frequency, where frequency should be 30 minutes, but is actually more like 35 to 40 minutes.
This series of changes and adjustments will occur by taking peak weekday buses off of Route 2 and adding them to trips on Routes 16, 34, and 200X. With the arrival of HART MetroRapid, which will offer 15 minute frequency throughout the day, Local Route 2 frequency will be retracted from its current 15/20 minute weekday frequency to 30 minutes all day, 7-days a week (except OWL service, which still has buses running every hour). Along with these changes, you may notice that departure times may change slightly as well in order to improve efficiency.
To view the updated schedules for Routes 2, 16, 34, and 200X, as well as to see a pamphlet about MetroRapid service, click here.