I was hoping to write this week about the new website that PAT rolled out. I don’t go to the site very often as Google Maps does a better job when I need to find a bus, but I clicked over there and was very pleasantly surprised with the redesign. I have to poke around a bit, but generally I like it. More about that another time though.
Let’s talk about the restructuring of all the routes. And of course, the massive service cuts. Paired together, my neighborhood lost service. Instead, it, and several other neighborhoods now go to a local park ‘n ride. And honestly, it’s not as bad as I imagined. Yes, it’s more of a pain than walking four houses up the street to my old stop, but sometimes, at the end of the day, it’s nice that I’m already in my car so I can force myself to run the errands I have to before going home.
Another nice feature, was the creation of a transportation hub. Multiple bus routes all coming together at one stop: one location where riders could transfer if they needed to and get where they had to go.
Well that was too good to be true.
Last Thursday, signs went up that Friday would be the last day for three of stops, they would be detoured to another area of the mall. Let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a long walk, but I just don’t understand why the change. And there could be other factors at work (I have no idea if the mall was somehow pushing for this change), but it makes no sense to have four routes run so close together, and at one point create a shared hub, to then rip it apart.
Either it’s a stuipd plan, or the tranpsoration hub was a lie all along. Just like the cake (sorry, couldn’t resis the Portal joke).