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Huntsville Transit hosting public meeting today on proposed route changes

HUNTSVILLE – For the second time in the last year, Huntsville Transit is proposing alterations to its Orbit shuttle routes, and again is asking for public input regarding changes.

The city’s transportation service is inviting patrons to two upcoming public meetings to provide comments about proposed modifications to six routes – 1,2,4,5,6 and 56. The first meeting will be today at 9:30 a.m., at the Transfer Station Platform, 500B Church St. A second meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 12, at the same location.

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The public can view maps, learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback to Huntsville Transit officials.

“We’re grateful to everyone who shares feedback at our public meetings,” said Quisha Bryant, Director of Huntsville’s Parking and Public Transportation Department. “Customer input is critical to helping us ensure that Huntsville Transit remains a safe and efficient service for everyone.”

In December, transit held public meetings to discuss changes to routes 3, 7, 8 and 9.

It is Huntsville Transit’s goal to implement changes by July 16, and only Orbit fixed-route service will be affected. The proposed modifications are as follows:

Route 1

From outbound 1st Street and Bob Wallace Avenue, it is proposed that Route 1 will continue 1st Street to Ivy Avenue, then left on Drake.  The return inbound route will be the same as described above, only in reverse: from Drake, right on Ivy Avenue to 1st Street.

Route 2

From the Downtown Transit Center, the new Route 2 will travel south on Church Street to Gallatin Street, left on Longwood Drive, right on Whitesburg Drive, right on Bob Wallace, left on Patton Road, left on Drake Avenue, right on Newson Road, right on Gruden Drive, left on Squaw Valley Drive, right on Centaur Boulevard, left on Telstar Circle, right on Patton Road, right on Bob Wallace Avenue, left on Longwood Drive, right on Gallatin Street to Church Street, then back to the Downtown Transit Center.

Clinton Avenue, from Church Street to Triana Boulevard and Triana Boulevard south, will be served by the new Route 5.

The existing route segment that travels east on Drake Avenue, right on Cobb Road to Hood Road, right on Knight Road, will also be served by the new Route 5.

Triana Boulevard north from Johnson Road to Drake Avenue is proposed to be eliminated.

Route 4

The outbound segment on Old Monrovia Road between University Drive and Perimeter Parkway is proposed to be eliminated.  Outbound Route 4 buses will instead continue west on University Drive, make a right turn onto Perimeter Parkway and make a left on Wayne Circle.

Route 5

The new proposed route from the Transit Center is south on Church Street, right on Clinton Avenue, left on Triana Boulevard, left on Drake Avenue, right on Cobb Road, right on Knight Road, left on Johnson Road, right on Parkway Access Road, right on Golf Road, left on Hunters Ridge Drive, right on Highridge Drive, right on Golf Road, right on Parkway Access Road, right on Byrd Spring Road (transfer point for Routes 5 and 56), right on Benaroya Lane, right on Martin Road, left to travel north on Parkway Access Road, left on Airport Road, right on Knight Road, left on Hood Road to Cobb Road, left on Drake Avenue, right on Triana Boulevard, right on Clinton Avenue, left on Church to Downtown Transit Center.

Route 6

Buses will depart the Downtown Transit Center at the top of each hour from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Outbound buses will travel south on Church Street to Gallatin Street, left on Longwood Drive, right on Whitesburg Drive, right on Whitesport Drive, left on Hospital Drive, right on Airport Road, left on Balmoral Drive, left on Breckenridge Drive, right on Queensbury Drive, right on Airport Road to Valley Bend Drive.

Inbound from Airport Road is right on Hospital Drive, right on Whitesport Drive and left on Whitesburg Drive.

L&N Drive will be served by Route 1. Church Street, Gallatin Street, Whitesburg Drive and Bob Wallace Avenue will be served by the new Route 2.

Route 56

Proposed Route 56 is designed to serve South Huntsville southbound along the Parkway and Parkway Access Road, as well as Hobbs and Bailey Cove roads in both directions making transfer connections to Route 5 on Byrd Spring Road and Route 6 at the Valley Bend Shopping Center.

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