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Red Rose Transit Authority unveils recommendations for route, service changes

(Source: South Central Transit Authority | OUL)

The Red Rose Transit Authority is holding a meeting this evening to present the final draft of its proposed route and service changes.

It is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Imperial Suite at Holiday Inn Lancaster, 26 E. Chestnut St.

A virtual Zoom meeting covering the same topic will follow next week. It will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. To register, click here.

The Red Rose Transit Authority and Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority are the two branches of the of the South Central Transit Authority. It has been undertaking a “transit development plan,” reevaluating routes and other aspects of its service.

In September, following several months of analysis and public and stakeholder input, it unveiled an initial set of proposed changes.

Those have since been refined into a set of draft recommendations, available here.

Routes are oriented toward areas with the highest potential use. To promote convenience, routes are primarily out-and-back rather than loops, the authority said. Some underperforming route segments are being discontinued, including service to Marietta.

Perhaps the biggest change: A proposed on-demand “microtransit” system, serving Columbia and Marietta.

The routes are still under review, and there is “no specific timeline” for any changes, the authority said.