RVTD wait times to increase in Ashland

ASHLAND — If it seems beginning in September that buses are taking longer to appear in this city, that's because bus wait times will increase from about 15 minutes to 20 minutes for most of the day.

The changes will be noticeable beginning on Sept. 6.

The city of Ashland paid $176,666 during the fiscal year that ended June 30 to subsidize Rogue Valley Transit District buses and get 15-minute wait times in town.

Buses would have otherwise come every 30 minutes.

RVTD recently decided that it could improve bus wait times to 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Ashland on its own, without needing a city subsidy.

With only a five-minute difference in wait times between 20 minutes and the subsidized figure of 15 minutes, the Ashland City Council decided this week to save money by discontinuing the subsidy. Wait times will be 30 minutes between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The city still provides a subsidy to cut the regular bus fare from $2 to $1 within Ashland. RVTD bus fare is $2 outside Ashland.

The Ashland City Council will further discuss transit plans in town during a Sept. 6 meeting that starts at 7 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

Ashland Daily Tidings reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199.

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