Aug 5, 2014 6:57 PM by Akeam Ashford

Major changes coming to Lafayette Transit System

Major changes on the way for the Lafayette Transit System(LTS); all designed to improve efficiency, which in the long run could lead to more federal money coming into the parish.

In the short term, there will be route changes, as well as timing adjustment, according to Kevin Blanchard, Lafayette Consolidated Government Chief Development Officer.

Thousands of riders rely on public transportation every day. They often have to brave the blistering heat, heavy rainfall, and high winds.

"I've sat out there in the rain with an umbrella, and I was lucky it wasn't a hard rain," said Elaine Crandle, LTS daily commuter. "Transportation is hard to get, so we need that bus."

Public opinion has pushed LCG to make several changes to its transit system.

Blanchard said LCG has ordered 11 new bus shelters that will protect riders from the elements.

"We're going to target those areas where we've got the most usage," said Blanchard.

The goal is to make the transit system as efficient as possible.

Blanchard said increased ridership would bring in more federal dollars the transit system could use.

"Having those numbers up means we can have newer buses more frequently. We'll also be able to do some of the nice things that we want to do to expand our services," said Blanchard.

Blanchard said LCG will consider a partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to lease buses to it's "shuttle run" service, between campus and Cajun Field.

Blanchard said students, faculty and staff would be allowed to use LCG transit services anywhere in Lafayette for free by presenting their UL Lafayette ID cards.

The agreement is scheduled to be considered for final adoption by the council on Aug. 19.



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