Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

New hours approved for Lodi public transit

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 am

Lodi residents applauded a city council decision to extend GrapeLine and Dial-A-Ride hours as part of a new five-year plan for city public transit.

“The proposed hours are great,” resident and bus user Clifford Weaver said.

The Lodi City Council unanimously approved the plan presented by the transportation department during a Wednesday night meeting. The biggest changes suggested in the plan include improvements to bus stop shelters, increasing security where buses are stored overnight, and extending hours on all fixed route busing lines.

In a few weeks, fixed routes will begin at 6:30 a.m. each day. The routes will run until 7:15 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. Dial-A-Ride will run through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Another addition may include a program to check a bus’s arrival time via smartphone.

Councilman Bob Johnson encouraged the transportation department to stick to addressing more essential needs and goals of public transit, but Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce said she’d love to see a smartphone app or something similar.

“We’re trying to increase ridership, especially among younger people, and younger people live with their phones. They will want to know where the bus is in real time,” she said.

Four members of the public shared their public transit concerns with the council.

Weaver asked the council if it was possible to connect more lines, to reduce trip times when a rider needs to transfer. He also requested that the city look into allowing discounted fares for disabled riders who need an attendant to ride along on GrapeLine or Dial-A-Ride. The cost can add up quickly when paying for both people, he said.

Joanna Nightengale, a volunteer at Micke Grove Park, and asked the council if there’s a way for local transit to connect so she can have transport to the park.

City staff is looking into the cost feasibility of letting attendants of disabled riders board buses for free.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists