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Published January 08 2012

MATBUS may expand popular route

FARGO – Residents here have the chance to weigh in today on a proposal to add two more buses to a popular MATBUS route through the city.

Fargo leaders will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall during the City Commission’s regular meeting.

Transit officials want to add two more buses to Route 15, which ferries passengers from downtown Fargo to West Acres Shopping Center and the 13th Avenue South Walmart.

The popular route has seen “substantial growth” in the past five years, Transit Administrator Julie Bommelman said.

To meet the demand, transit leaders aim to use the extra vehicles to increase service on the route from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.

The cost to add the two buses would be about $260,000, Bommelman said.

That will be covered in part by both city funds and increased revenue, after city leaders approved higher passenger fares last fall.

Under the proposal, Bommelman said the added buses would operate from 6:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, allowing for service every 15 minutes during those hours.

Evening service would also be more frequent, with stops every 30 minutes instead of every hour, Bommelman said.

There are no proposed changes to the actual route configuration, she added.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541