The third CR Transit Study open house was held this week on Tuesday, Nov. 24. I attended the earlier session from 1-3pm at the African American Museum. Both consultants Joseph Kern and Bob Bourne were there, as well as Sushil Nepal from Community Development / Corridor MPO. It was good to finally meet Bob, who was the director of CyRide for 25 years and made it what it is today. About 20 members of the public were in attendance, including a handful of concerned teachers and students from Prairie. Mayor Kay Halloran also made an appearance.
I was pleased to see recommendations for system improvements as well as route changes. Many of these recommendations echo changes I have suggested in previous posts to make the system more legible and user-friendly. Regarding marketing, operations, and fleet, a few recommendations include: a new system map, real-time bus tracking, getting on Twitter, and displaying a route number, route name, and destination on all buses.
Read my entire review of route changes over at the Cedar Rapids Bus Party blog.