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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," Mr. Sherrer said. "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 Routes 3A/B and 4.
The daytime routes were identified for improvement to 30-minute frequency in the 2012-21 Transit Development Plan. The finding was reinforced by an east side transit study. Route 3 serves U.S. 1 north of International Speedway Boulevard almost as far as Interstate 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 about 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The routes are operating at capacity in 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," Mr. Sherrer said. "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.
For more information, call Votran Customer Service at (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia or (386) 424-6800 in Southeast Volusia or stop by Votran headquarters, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, for a detailed review. Information on the changes can be viewed at votran.org.