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MCT seeks comment on low ridership of some routes

GRANITE CITY —  Madison County Transit is hosting a series of open house-style public meetings this week to gather comments on ridership trends and proposed changes in service.

At the meetings, staff will disseminate information about the proposed changes, answer questions and record all comments. The proposed changes are in response to a recent trend in low ridership on early morning and evenings trips and include the following routes: #2 Granite City Shuttle, #7 Alton – Edwardsville, #9 Washington Shuttle, #11 Brown Shuttle, #12 Bethalto Shuttle, #15 East Collinsville Shuttle, #16 Edwardsville Shuttle, #17 Edwardsville-SIUE Shuttle, #18 Collinsville Regional, #19 Edwardsville – Collinsville, and #21 West Collinsville Shuttle.

MCT is also proposing small adjustments to the #1X Riverbend Express and the #14 Highland Shuttle. If approved, the changes would take effect in January 2018. Times, dates and locations of the public meetings are listed below:

• MCT Alton Station Monday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• MCT Wood River Station Monday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
• MCT Edwardsville Station Tuesday, Sept. 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• MCT Collinsville Station Thursday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
• MCT Granite City Station Thursday, Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

For a complete summary of proposed changes by route, and for individuals who cannot attend the public meetings but would like to view the proposal, the proposed changes are listed online at www.mct.org.

“It’s important that we manage our system and provide service that is commensurate with demand,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “When there is demand we have improved service, and when demand decreases it’s appropriate to eliminate low performing trips.”

Comments can be e-mailed to info@mct.org or sent to: Madison County Transit, c/o January 2018 Service Change, 1 Transit Way, PO Box 7500, Granite City, IL 62040. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept 22, to be considered.

— The Illinois Business Journal

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