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CBJ transit seeking Riverside Dr. service

COW delays to get public comment

Posted: May 23, 2012 - 12:04am

The City and Borough of Juneau recommended an adjustment to its Capital Transit routes to bring bus service to Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

CBJ Public Works Director, Kirk Duncan presented the city’s recommendation to the CBJ Committee of the Whole, Monday night.

The recommended route that would service Riverside Drive combines an existing route with an additional jog down Richardson Drive.

The route could be operational this summer, Duncan said. It would come with a one-time cost of moving the bus stop signs.

“Minimal cost there,” Duncan said. “We can put this in place as quickly as July 30.”

The route adjustment would disrupt service for about 80 current transit customers, Duncan said.

However, this would not mean these customers would be without service, he said.

“We’re making a jog and having people walk over to that point,” Duncan said. He said he didn’t think transit would lose many of its 80 affected customers.

The new route would improve bus service to the schools on Riverside, Duncan said.

Currently students are walking as much as a quarter mile to access bus service, he said.

Although Duncan had brought the proposal to the Committee for approval, committee members asked to postpone a decision until later.

Mayor Bruce Botelho recommended holding public hearings on the route adjustment.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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