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Public meeting to discuss bus fare, route changes
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Gainesville is holding public hearings on proposed route and fare changes for its bus service.

Gainesville Connection public transit system

What: Public input meetings on proposed route and fare changes

When and where: 9 a.m. today at the Gainesville Connection administration building conference room, 687 Main St.; Noon today at the Brenau University Downtown Center, 301 Main St., meeting room B; 5:30 p.m.  today at the Community Service Center, 430 Prior St.

Can’t make the meeting? Comments can also be mailed to Richard Ticehurst, 687 Main St., Gainesville, GA 30501, or email to rticehurst@gainesville.org

Gainesville will hold three public input meetings today on proposed changes to routes and fares for the public transit system that are scheduled to take effect in April.

City officials agreed in October to set the Gainesville Connection base fare for adults at $1 and for seniors (riders 60 and older) at 50 cents.

Transfer charges will be reinstated at a cost of 25 cents while reducing the day pass to $2 from $3. A monthly pass will fall to $30 from $40.

Meanwhile, routes, and the number designations given to each, are being modified to enhance ridership.

For example, a newly designed route along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Barn Street will serve the eastside of the city.

Route 3, which will be called route 20, will undergo a minor change to better serve the Brenau University campus and its students and faculty.

Officials have also agreed to extend service to Gainesville High School to serve students involved in extracurricular programs.

Hours of operation will be extended for most routes.

Officials said these changes could increase ridership between 10 percent and 20 percent.

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