Votran to increase bus service on U.S. 1

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH

Bus service on the U.S. 1/Ridgewood Avenue corridor in the Greater Daytona Beach Area, the busiest routes in Votran’s system, is about to be improved with enhanced frequency.

According to Steve Sherrer, Votran’s general manager, upcoming route and schedule changes that begin June 10 have the buses running every 30 minutes instead of hourly.

“Increasing the frequency on U.S. 1 core service routes 3 and 4 has been a long-standing priority,” said Sherrer.  “The Volusia County Council voted unanimously last October to accept Florida Department of Transportation grant funding that will pay for the additional cost of operating these routes every 30 minutes.  We have people standing on these routes.”

Time points along west Volusia routes 20, 21 and 23 and east Volusia routes 3, 4, 18 and 19 have been adjusted. Routes 1 and 60 are no longer interlined, which means passengers will need to transfer buses at the Transfer Plaza to travel to DeLand. The most significant changes are the increased frequency of the Routes 3A/B and 4.

These daytime routes were identified for improvement to 30-minute frequency in the 2012-21 Transit Development Plan. This finding was reinforced by an east side transit study.  Route 3 serves U.S. 1 north of International Speedway Boulevard almost as far as I-95 – roughly 10 miles.  Route 4 serves U.S. 1 south of International Speedway Boulevard to Nova Road – roughly 10 miles.  Weekday and Saturday service operates between approximately 6 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  These routes are operating at capacity in the most recent years, frequently requiring unscheduled additional vehicles in busy tourism months between September and May.

“We try very hard to make sure we serve as many people as efficiently as possible,” said Sherrer. “We don’t take making changes lightly since so many of our riders don’t have other transportation alternatives.”

For the fifth consecutive year, Votran’s ridership continued to increase, with fixed route ridership reaching nearly 3.6 million, 6 percent higher than the previous year.  During this time, the U.S.1 core service routes 3 and 4 have operated at capacity, requiring additional buses.

For more information, call Votran Customer Service 386-761-7700 in Daytona Beach, 386-943-7033 in West Volusia, or 386-424-6800 in Southeast Volusia or to stop by Votran Headquarters, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, for a detailed review. Information on the changes can be viewed at Votran’s website at www.votran.org,
– Special to The TImes

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