Bus route to SF College changing in August

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:06 p.m.

Santa Fe College students who use Regional Transit System bus route 39 to get to campus might want to avoid taking evening classes in the fall.

Route 39 is suspended during the summer term, but will return on a different schedule in August.

Previously, route 39 ran every 90 minutes, and the last bus left SF College at 5 p.m., said RTS spokesman Chip Skinner. In the fall, the bus will run every 60 minutes, but the last bus will leave SF College at 3 p.m.

The change is due to feedback from SF College’s transportation committee, lower-than-expected ridership on route 39 and discontinued funding for the route from the Florida Department of Transportation, Skinner said.

The FDOT was partially funding route 39 as a demo route, which ended this year. SF College will now pay for the route on its own.

“Our contribution to that hasn’t changed,” SF College spokesman Dave Houder said.

Skinner said a bus route is performing well if it averages 15 passengers per hour.

Route 39 was averaging just above that number, but compared to the other routes in the area, “It was one of our lower-performing routes,” he said.

Four other routes stop at SF College: buses 10, 23, 43 and 76.

Students had expressed a desire for increased frequency of the route 39 bus, which runs east and west on Northwest 39th Avenue.

RTS added a second bus to the route, but since SF College isn’t increasing its transportation fee for students, evening hours will be cut to keep the cost down.

The bus will also enter campus from Northwest 83rd Street in the fall, instead of Northwest 91st Street as before.

“That’s going to cut some time as far as the frequency goes,” Skinner said.

Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or erin.jester@gainesville.com.

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