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September 1997

Shuttle riders take heed: new schedule starts 6 October

In an effort to better serve U.S. 36 commuters, Traffic Services is revising the crosstown shuttle route that runs between the Foothills and Mesa Labs during rush hours and midday. Instead of going southbound from Crossroads, past downtown and the University of Colorado to Table Mesa and Broadway (and vice versa for northbound travel), the new route will go from Crossroads directly to the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride at Foothills Parkway, then to the current TM/Broadway shuttle stop (and vice versa). The express routes at midmorning and midafternoon will continue as before. However, the departure time of every half-hourly shuttle run through the day will now be 5 and 35 minutes after the hour, instead of 3 and 33 minutes after. The revised schedule takes effect on Monday, 6 October.

The new SKIP service, which provides Regional Transportation District buses every few minutes along Broadway, was the main catalyst for the change, according to shuttle supervisor Jean Hancock. "It didn't make as much sense to go to CU and downtown now that SKIP serves the same areas more frequently," says Jean. Meanwhile, she has gotten numerous requests from commuters in Denver and its northwest suburbs asking for more direct links during commuting hours between Denver-Boulder RTD service and the NCAR/UCAR/UOP shuttle. By shifting shuttle-run start times to 5 and 35 past the hour, the new schedule offers better connections at the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride from the Denver-Boulder "B" routes to the ML- and FL-bound shuttles.

Jean received over 100 comments last month after she polled staff on the proposed change through an all-local-users e-mail. Her mail ran two to one in favor of the change, which has also been endorsed by the Transportation Alternatives Group. Jean invites your continued input (ext. 8504, hancock@ucar.edu) as the new schedule begins. You can find a copy of the revised timetable on any shuttle, at the ML and FL reception desks, and on the Web. •BH

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