Worcester Regional Transit Authority

508-791-WRTA

Proposed WEEKDAY Service Changes for January 2016

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LATE NIGHT SERVICE

ROUTE #
Route 3 (Midnight)

PROPOSED SERVICE
Eliminate service from 9pm-12am.

EXISTING SERVICE
Midnight service from 9pm-12am.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Subtract 3 hours of late night service.

POSITIVE
Able to apply the 3 hours of subtracted service to a more productive route (9A).

NEGATIVE
No late night service to Highland Street, or WPI.


ROUTE #
Route 5 (Midnight)

PROPOSED SERVICE
Establish service after 9:00pm (formerly Route 15 midnight service).

EXISTING SERVICE
No existing Midnight service.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Add 3 hours of late night service.

POSITIVE
Adds late night service to SE portion of the city which currently does not have such service.

NEGATIVE
No major trip generator for midnight service, the route is predominantly residential use.


ROUTE #
Route “9A”

PROPOSED SERVICE
Establish service after 9:00pm (formerly Route 3 midnight service).

EXISTING SERVICE
No existing Midnight service.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Add 3 hours of late night service.

POSITIVE
Creates a hybrid route from elements of Routes 2, 6, and 9. Adds late night service to Pleasant/Chandler/Tatnuck areas of the city which currently does not have such service. Trip generators are a mix of residential and commercial uses along the route. Would provide service to WSU, as Route 3 had.

NEGATIVE
Hybrid routing may confuse passengers, especially passengers who are loyal to Routes 2 and 6. Need to decide about the service gap on Route 9 between 4:30pm and start of midnight service at 9:00pm.


ROUTE #
Route 15 (Midnight)

PROPOSED SERVICE
Eliminate service after 8:50pm.

EXISTING SERVICE
Midnight service from 9pm-12am.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Subtract 3 hours of late night service.

POSITIVE
Allows for the transfer of service to be applied to Route 5, which projects to be a higher performing route versus Route 15.

NEGATIVE
No service on Shrewsbury Street after 8:50pm. No crosstown service for passengers coming from UMASS to continue down Highland Street. UMASS would continue to be served by Route 24.


FREQUENCY INCREASE

ROUTE #
Route 14

PROPOSED SERVICE
Establish service through QCC to Cinemas; Eliminate service on Burncoat Street and East Mtn St past QCC; establish 1/2 hr frequency.

EXISTING SERVICE
Current routing stays on Burncoat Street past QCC and turns at the Summit to continue to Mountain Street West.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Service added from Route 18 for 1/2 hour frequency from 1 hour frequency.

POSITIVE
Eliminating Route 18 would boost the performance of Route 14, which needs help. By having Route 14 operate through QCC directly, combines the major draw of Route 18. Would still provide service to Brooks St/Cinemas. Able to use electric buses. Providing double the service frequency than currently provided.

NEGATIVE
Eliminates the section of Burncoat Street past QCC which does have minimal ridership. Passengers would have to walk to QCC on Burncoat Street for Route 14 service, or could walk down side streets to access buses on West Boylston Street.


ROUTE ELIMINATION

ROUTE #
Route 18

PROPOSED SERVICE
Eliminate entire route.

EXISTING SERVICE
Outbound – serves lower Lincoln Street, Burncoat Street and direct entry into QCC. Inbound – serves West Boylston and Grove Streets.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Service added to Route 14 for 1/2 hr frequency.

POSITIVE
The major trip generator of Route 18 is the direct access to QCC. This would be provided in the merge with Route 14.

NEGATIVE
Route 8 would be the only route to serve Main Street North. Lincoln, Burncoat, West Boylston, and Grove Streets still receive service from other routes.


ROUTE ADJUSTMENTS

ROUTE #
Route 25

PROPOSED SERVICE
Extend Route to Auburn Mall on all trips.

EXISTING SERVICE
Currently ends at Auburn Industrial Park and loops back inbound via Hope Avenue. Service span would remain the same.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Service would be extended beyond the Industrial Park directly to the Auburn Mall.

POSITIVE
Provides a major trip generator for Route 25 to serve. Provides direct access to retail from the Canterbury Street/McKeon Road area. Able to continue use of electric bus on this route.

NEGATIVE
No longer would provide direct access to the Industrial Park, Boyce Street, and Hope Avenue. The ridership in the Industrial Park, Boyce Street, and Hope Avenue is almost non-existent, but was a major comment received during all CSA public meetings once the recommendations were released. Two buses may be needed in order to provide demand to the Auburn Mall.


ROUTE #
Route 27

PROPOSED SERVICE
Eliminate service to the Auburn Mall, and all points in Auburn. Route would be short turned at James/S. Ludlow Streets.

EXISTING SERVICE
Route currently extends into Auburn through S. Ludlow Street in Worcester to Pinehurst Ave in Auburn. Route continues to Oxford Street North and Auburn Street and terminates with direct access to the Auburn Mall.

CHANGE IN SERVICE
Service would be eliminated from James/S. Ludlow Streets directly to the Auburn Mall.

POSITIVE
Controls bus bunching along Main Street. Allows for clock face headways from the Hub with Routes 19 and 33 and service every 10 minutes along Main Street. Improves amount of service for the Route 27-5 interline.

NEGATIVE
Does not allow direct access to the Auburn Mall for anyone from Main South/Webster Sq/Stafford Street, which is highly productive. Eliminates productive leg of Auburn Street.


The enclosed information is a WRTA service change PROPOSAL only. These service changes will not take effect unless approved by a vote of the WRTA Advisory Board. These proposed changes are being presented to the public for review and comment. The WRTA encourages feedback and comment on these proposed changes and invites the public to attend any of the public meetings scheduled in early October at various locations within the region.


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