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BC Transit Route Adjustments save almost a half million dollars and Improve Service

Binghamton, NY- A new BC Transit route structure that will save Broome County taxpayers an estimated $470,000 annually was rolled out by BC Transit Commissioner Greg Kilmer to the Broome County Legislature during its February 18 meeting.  The new route structure, which takes effect February 29, represents the first time in two decades that a major route evaluation has been completed for the transit agency.   

The proposed route adjustment plan was developed by TransPro Consulting, LLC, transit route planning specialists, in conjunction with their comprehensive route analysis of BC Transit’s fixed route system.  An important step in the route evaluation process involved public meetings to gather customer input about suggested route improvements.

“We listened to our customers who told us they wanted more frequent service on some routes, they wanted new destinations for service, and they wanted expanded evening hours,” Kilmer said.  “We are very pleased with the new route structure. It improves efficiencies, expands our service and takes customers to new locations in our service area while reducing costs to taxpayers.”   

Among new features in the route structure are the following:

  • Extension of service hours along the popular Shoppers Special route.
  • Improved access to the Oakdale Mall and Wegmans.
  • Introduction of express service between Binghamton University and the Oakdale Mall.
  • New service to the dialysis unit at UHS Binghamton General Hospital.
  • Improved connectivity to western portion of Rail Trail for walkers and bikers.

According to Kilmer, savings were realized through realignment of route segments that had overlapped and shifting of service frequencies to reflect current demands. 

“Customers will find that every route continues to be covered by our buses and that they will be able to get to even more destinations than before,” Kilmer explained.  

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02/18/2016 - 6:05pm