|Cherriots proposed five-day coverage for West Salem|
Both Wallace and Edgewater routes go downtown
This approach may save Cherriots short-term budget, but it exacts a great cost on Salem generally as it will tend to increase drive-alone trips across the bridges. This looks like a strategic mistake and a tactical trade-off in the wrong direction. Lots of the residents in the hills work in downtown, and the service plan just abandons them.
|"most of these workers have jobs located in downtown Salem"|
(from the flexible transit study)
|Public wants better, not worse, bus service in West Salem|
Public Comment summary at June 26 Oversight Team
(see more discussion at N3B)
Fortunately, other parts make sense. On some other routes along busy roads dense with destinations, there are several instances of an increase in frequency. Service at 15 minute intervals is great! You almost don't have to look at a schedule. That's convenience.
|The full map of proposed system|
|The current system map for comparison|
For the full schedule with events in August and September see the Moving Forward page (scroll to bottom).