By Thea Skinner
Triplicate staff writer
New bus routes are in full swing for the summer travel season.
Four local city routes have been implemented as of May 29, said Mark Wall, transit manager for Redwood Coast Transit Authority.
"The ridership is positive," Wall said. "We are getting reports of 20 people getting on in one circuit."
The new Crescent City routes consist of four 30-minute rides with four buses alternating, Wall said.
"We have extended service and modified the routes," he said. "We are serving the areas east of U.S. Hwy. 101."
This area includes the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The authority changed the Klamath bus route, allowing morning commuters to arrive in Crescent City by 8:30 a.m.
"We are leaving Klamath an hour earlier and that means it is a more useful service," Wall said.
Route 10 in Klamath now connects to a bus going to Arcata.
Crescent City resident Bill Lonsdale told a local transportation panel Thursday that some bus stops do not have signs and people are walking to other bus stops.
Wall is looking into the signage. Riders should be able to walk out of a bus and see a sign, he said.
"We had put in about 100 bus stops," Wall said "There is a new one every two or three stops."
No stop exists at the bus stop shelter at the Flynn Administrative building, however, Wall said.
The transit authority is researching the bus stops on Hwy. 101 for the California Department of Transportation to create safe bus stops.
"We are only talking about one bus stop that there is not an alternative for at Anchor Way and U.S. Hwy. 101," Wall said.
While some bus stop signs remain to be installed along U.S. Hwy. 101, the new routes are almost ready.
The authority is in the process of applying for one or two new buses.
The application for $110,662 was submitted to the State Department of Transportation for a Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 capital grant.
The amount may provide a second bus to the Smith River route. If approved, the application will provide two buses.
"Part of the resolution is to use a back-up bus," said Del Norte Local County Transportation Commission director Tamera Buchanan.
Wall said, "There is a luggage area on the bus with bike racks."
The authority also cut the cost of bus fare by half. The new 50 cent fare applies to all riders for the next three months. Two small children can also ride for free with an adult.