TX: Waco 'Rapid Transit' System Could Mean Shorter Travel Times, Longer Hours

Jan. 5, 2015
As Greater Waco grows in the next 25 years, so will the challenge of getting people around quickly and safely.

Waco Transit and city of Waco officials are the first to admit the shortcomings of Waco’s public transportation system. It runs only until 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, with no Sunday service, so evening shift workers like Majors have to find another way home. Routes run only in the urbanized section of Waco. Routes are an hour long and typically require a downtown transfer, meaning crosstown trips can take an hour and a half — as long as it takes to drive to Dallas, Waco Transit officials point out.

Now, momentum appears to be building at City Hall for a faster, more effective system.

Waco City Council members are seriously considering a transit consultant’s recommendation for a “bus rapid transit” system that could cut most travel times in half. Meanwhile, the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization is recommending such a system in the Connections 2040 transportation planthat is up for public comment and approval this month.

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