EUGENE, Ore. – Many voiced their concerns about new Lane Transit District routes at the Friendly Area Neighbors general meeting on Thursday.
South Eugene residents met at the Washington Park Community Center to discuss the changes. Many of the attendees argued the cut in the bus service to their neighborhood will cut them off from the community.
Some parents said they’re worried about their children’s safety if they have to walk far to take a bus to school. Others with disabilities said they are concerned about getting up and down the hills to the new bus stops.
Holly Ross lives in South Eugene, and she said the tensions were high at the meeting, but she's glad she was able to hear LTD's reasoning for the changes.
"I think it's going to be a long road. I think the community is going to try and fight to keep things the way they are. I hope whatever happens, it can be a happy resolution for all," Ross said.
LTD voted to overhaul their bus system in August 2019. They said this was the first time in more than 20 years the bus system has been revamped. The main goal of the project “Transit Tomorrow” is to improve the frequency and efficiency of the bus system, LTD said.
But the new system will cut some routes, a bulk of them in south Eugene.
LTD will have a board meeting about the route changes March 18 and then a public hearing May 20. The final decision will be made June 17, and the first changes will be put in place February of next year.
There is an online petition to try to get LTD to keep their old routes. At last check, it has over 1,300 signatures.