By the Akron Beacon Journal editorial board
Driven by a close examination of ridership, Metro RTA is refining plans for the regional bus system’s first major route changes since 1998. In a recent series of public meetings, planners outlined sweeping changes focused on delivering more frequent service on core routes in Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls. Yet to deliver that improved service, Metro is looking at curtailing costly, inefficient routes in the county’s outer suburbs.
For some two-thirds of the system’s riders, everyday tasks such as getting to work, school and appointments will become easier. Instead of waits between buses of 30 minutes to 40 minutes, most riders will experience a 20 minute wait, a frequency now achieved just on the most productive routes, along West Market Street to Montrose and along South Arlington Street into Green.
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