Few RTS routes to be impacted by construction

Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 10:18 p.m.
After a winter break full of construction-related delays, the Spring 2006 Regional Transit System schedule looks to be back on track with only a few exceptions.
Because of continuing construction on SW 2nd Avenue, Route 5, which goes from downtown to The Oaks Mall, and Route 43, which goes from Santa Fe Community College to downtown, will detour onto University Avenue.
Route 34, which goes from the apartment complex Lexington Crossing to the Hub on the University of Florida campus, will run on Radio Road, according to Jesus Gomez, transit director.
Gomez also said that toward the end of January, construction along Route 8, which goes from Pine Ridge to Shands at UF, will cause delays.
For the first two of weeks of the spring semester, plan on catching the bus
about two stops before the one you want to avoid being late because of full
buses. "There's always a trend when a semester starts," said Theresa Hamilton, marketing coordinator, explaining that students are getting to campus early and leaving later because they're not just attending classes, but taking care of financial issues, registration and other things that need to be taken care of on campus.
As a way of keeping the public up-to-date with the status of these routes, along with any changes or delays on other routes, RTS has implemented RTS e-mail.
The e-mail list will allow users to choose the routes they want to receive information about, Harrison said. This e-mail will be a more timely supplement to notices posted inside buses on affected routes.
In addition RTS is looking to implement Sunday service. This issue was brought to the forefront last semester by the UF Student Senate.
"We're in the planning stages," said Gomez, adding that RTS will be taking the issue to the February City Commission meeting. If RTS gets approval, Sunday bus services will start in August to coincide with the new academic year.
For the Spring 2006 bus schedule, or to sign up for RTS e-mail, visit www.go-rts.com.

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