Double check your bus number, new COTA routes take effect


COLLEEN: MAJOR CHANGES TO COTA’S BUS ROUTES ARE OFFICIALLY IN EFFECT TODAY. MIKE: AMONG THOSE CHANGES, CROSS-TOWN SERVICE FROM SUBURB TO SUBURB WITHOUT THE NEED TO TRANSFER. PLUS, BUSES WILL GET TO MAIN ROUTE BUS STOPS EVERY 15 MINUTES, SHORTENING THE WAIT TIMES FOR RIDERS. COTA SAYS THE CHANGES WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR MANY TO GET WHERE THEY’RE GOING, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY ABOUT THEM. COLLEEN: N-B-C FOUR’S TYLER CARTER SPOKE WITH SOME SENIORS WHO SAY THE CHANGES HAVE A HAD A NEGATIVE EFFECT ALREADY. SHE’S LIVE WITH WHAT THEY’RE SAYING, AND COTA’S RESPONSE. TYLER: COTA’S NEW BUS SYSTEM HAS TWICE AS MANY HIGH FREQUENCY BUS ROUTES THAN BEFORE. MANY OF THE BUSES WILL NOW ARRIVE AT STOPS EVERY 15 MINS. BUT THE NEW SYSTEM IS LEAVING SOME RIDERS CONFUSED. JOHN CAMPBELL / BUS RIDER:”I WAS DEPENDING ON THAT BUS AND NOW MY LIFE HAS BEEN COMPLICATED.” JOHN CAMPBELL AND OTHER RESIDENTS, LIVING HERE AT THE NAZARETH TOWERS ON RICH STREET, DEPEND ON THE BUS TO TAKE THEM TO AND FROM THEIR DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS AND THE GROCERY STORE. LIKE HE DOES EVERY MORNING, CAMPBELL WAS PLANNING TO TAKE THE NUMBER 2 COTA BUS DOWNTOWN, BUT NOW THOSE PLANS HAVE CHANGES. ROSZELLA VAUGHN/ BUS RIDER: “WHEN I CAME OUT I THOUGHT I COULD TAKE NUMBER 2 TO GET DOWNTOWN TODAY AND AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S NOT THE NUMBER 2 UP THERE ANYMORE.” IN ITS PLACE IS BUS NUMBER 11 JOHN CAMPBELL / BUS RIDER: “I MOVED HERE FOR THE REASON BECAUSE THE BUS STOPPED HERE AND IT MAKES MY LIFE A LOT SIMPLER, THAT’S ALL.” BUT THE NEW COTA REDESIGN TRANSIT SCHEDULE ISN’T AS CHALLENGING AS SOME RIDERS MAY THINK, SAYS COTA SPOKESPERSON MARTY STUTZ. MARTY STUTZ/ COTA SPOKESPERSON:” IF THERE IS CONFUSION WE DO APOLOGIZE.” HE SAYS THESE CHANGES ARS LIKELY TO STAY IN PLACE AND FOR GOOD REASONS. MARTY STUTZ/ COTA SPOKESPERSON: “WE HAVE REALIGNED THE TWO COUPLE BLOCKS SOUTH SO THAT I CAN SERVES THE COURTHOUSE AREA AND THE COUNTY COMPLEX.” RIDERS AT THIS STOP WILL HAVE TO WALK A BLOCK OR TWO TO RIDE THE NUMBER TWO BUS OR. “THEY CAN TAKE NEW NUMBER 11 AND CONNECT WITH THE TWO AND ALL THE PLACES THAT 2 GOES AT MOUND AND HIGH.” TYLER: COTA IS OFFERING FREE BUS RIDES FOR A WEEK TO GET RIDERS USE TO THE NEW SCHEDULE. LIVE DOWNTOWN TC, NBC 4 MIKE: FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CHANGES COTA HAS MADE, HEAD TO NBC4I.COM SEARCH “COTA”.

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  • Cota might need to be sue then because its really starting to get confusing people should start a pettion

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