Longtime Rabbittransit rider Mary Swank called today because she’s concerned the bus will no longer service a whole section of South Queen Street if a lengthy list of proposed bus route changes are approved.
In case you missed it, Rabbittransit has proposed changes to all of the York fixed bus routes as well as fare increases for the next few years. The full list of changes can be found at www.rabbittransit.org.
Swank, who lives in York and does not drive, rides the bus to a doctor’s office on the Queen Street hill in Spring Garden Township. She pointed out that quite a few businesses exist in the area, including a strip mall, a pharmacy and the York Women’s Health Center.
Under the proposed changes, however, she’d have to walk up the Queen Street hill from one of the nearest stops — either East Cottage Place in York or the Queensgate Shopping Center in York Township.
“I can’t believe they’d eliminate that whole Queen Street section,” Swank said. “I don’t know what they are thinking.”
Jenna Reedy, business development manager for Rabbittransit, confirmed that Swank is right. That section of Queen Street would no longer be serviced if the proposed changes are approved.
The changes have been based on demand, Reedy said. So if there is limited ridership on a particular route, the transit agency is trying to reallocate its resources to where demand exists.
That said, it’s important for riders to voice their thoughts on the proposed changes. Their comments will be taken into consideration, Reedy said.
A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. May 14 at Rabbittransit’s main office, 1230 Roosevelt Ave.
If you can’t make it, you can submit a written comment by email to email@example.com, by fax to 848-4853 or by mail to Service Changes & Fare Increase, 1230 Roosevelt Avenue, York, PA 17404.
The public also can fill out a comment sheet at the Rabbittransit Transfer Center, 213 W. King St. at Pershing Avenue.
Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 31.