Transit Master Plan

Posted on Nov 16, 2016

Amarillo Transit Master Plan Update

Please come to an Open House to learn about the ACT Fixed Route Recommendations

  • Wednesday, August 2, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Alamo Community Center, 1502 S Cleveland St., Located on Route 4, Arthur St & SE 16th Ave
  • Thursday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amarillo Downtown Library, 413 SE 4th Ave, Two Blocks from Transit Station
  • Thursday, August 3, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., North Branch Library, 1500 NE 24th Ave, Located on Route 2, NE 24th & Mirror St

The transit consultant has recommended 12 new fixed routes and one flex route to replace the current system of eight routes. The routes will come together at the Transfer Station to let riders transfer between buses. This will allow a rider to take any trip with no more than one transfer. Routes will begin at the end of the line to pick up and bring riders into the Transfer Station in the morning. This will help people get to their destinations earlier than under the old system where all trips started at the Transfer Station.

What is the Flex Zone?

Flexible transit combines elements of fixed-route bus and Spec-Trans. It can be the best solution for areas that are difficult to serve with fixed-route for various reasons, including street layout.

Within the Flex Zone, buses are flexible in regard to where they can go to pick up and drop off riders. However, they can still maintain some elements of fixed-route service, such as fixed stops and scheduled time points.

The Flex Zone goes from SW 9th Ave to West Amarillo Boulevard, and from Bell Street to Soncy Road. The scheduled time points in the Flex Zone include the ASCI Workshop and The Goodwill. Advance notice for trips to other destinations in the Flex Zone would be required to schedule a ride.

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Fixed Route Recommendations

Northwest Section

Route 11: W 9th Ave/Hospital/Westgate Mall

Route 12: W Amarillo Blvd/Walmart

Route 13: I-40/Harrington Regional Medical Center

Fixed Route Recommendations

Northeast Section

Route 21: Jason/United Supermarket

Route 22: E Amarillo Blvd/N Grand St

Route 23: E Amarillo Blvd/Heather St

Fixed Route Recommendations

Southeast Section

Route 31: SE 10th Ave/Grand St/Walmart

Route 32: Ross-Osage/SE 34 Ave

Route 33: E I-40 Access/S Lakeside Dr

Fixed Route Recommendations

Southwest Section

Route 41: Washington St/SW 58th Ave

Route 42: 1-27 Access Road/Social Security Admin

Route 43: Georgia St/SW 45th Ave/Westgate Mall

Route 44: Western Ave/SW 34th Ave/ Westgate Mall

 

 


A new fixed route system was presented to the City Council during its April 25 work session. The new system improves travel time, making transit useful for more people and reversing the decline in ridership the local bus system has experienced. The proposed fixed route system responds to many of the community’s goals:

  • Provides a quicker trip: The new fixed route system eliminates a lot of one-way loops. Most routes go up and back along the same street, making trips faster.
  • Preserves coverage: The new fixed route system maintains the City’s service area. The new plan maintains access within ¼ mile for 98% of Amarillo households and jobs now served.
  • Improves transit for workers: By starting morning routes at the end of the line instead of the Transfer Center, people can get to work earlier. By extending service one hour in the evening, more people can rely on the service to get home.
  • Extends service along major corridors: The new system will run along West Amarillo Boulevard and much of I-40.
  • Creates a network that is easier to expand: Circular routes are difficult to expand. By using routes that run up and back along a line, they can be adapted more easily to meet future growth.
  • Provides more opportunities to transfer: A second transfer point near the Westgate Mall makes transferring between west-side routes possible. There are also multiple points where routes intersect and riders can transfer.
  • Simplifies the schedule: New schedules will have fewer timepoints to improve readability and reliability.

Some folks may have to walk a bit farther to get to a bus stop but the bus ride will be much quicker. In general, the new fixed route system makes walking distances more consistent. If you compare today’s ACT fixed route system with the new one, you’ll notice that today, the spacing between routes is very uneven since there are so many loop and diversions. The new system straightens out the routes and eliminates duplication of services.
You can view the April 23 City Council presentation here: PowerPoint Presentation
You can explore the new fixed route system below.

Next Steps: The consultant is preparing a new fixed route Service Plan to include maps, preliminary schedule and other important information. This information will be available to the public on this website as well as presented to the public and stakeholders in during the next round of community engagement which is scheduled for mid-June 2017.

Community Engagement

Stakeholder Meetings – June 19 and 20 (tentative)

Public Open House – June 21 and 22 (tentative)

 

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