CityBus is considering a pilot project that would shorten Routes 9 and 3 and introduce a microtransit zone to cover the areas those routes used to serve. This microtransit zone would include Tippecanoe Mall, Ivy Tech, the YMCA, Cambridge Estates, McCarty Lane, Creasy Lane, Park East Boulevard, and IU Health Arnett Hospital.
We would shorten Route 9 from an hour to 30 minutes, and it would end at Kossuth Street and Farabee Drive. We’d also shorten Route 3 so it would no longer serve Brady Lane between Concord Road and IN-38 or travel along Commanche Trail.
Route 9 has fewer riders than any other CityBus route. By removing a bus from this route, we could improve service in areas with a greater need (and more riders).
Route 3 is often late throughout the day; in fact, 1 out of every 4 arrivals was late in 2019. But we could make Route 3 more reliable (and safer) by shortening it.
Overall, these changes would help us provide greater flexibility for our riders. We’re considering the microtransit zone as a pilot project, and if it’s successful, we could expand the service to other areas in Greater Lafayette.
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It would be similar to rideshare programs that many people are familiar with, like Uber and Lyft. Riders could use a mobile app OR call CityBus to book on-demand trips with a process like this:
Riders would also be able to use the microtransit service as a first- or last-mile connection to and from fixed routes. Tippecanoe Mall Entrance E, Ivy Tech, the YMCA, Cambridge Estates, Park East Boulevard, and IU Health Arnett Hospital would be anchor points. But riders could board at any fixed-route stop in the zone. So, for example, riders who need to go to the hospital could ride a fixed-route bus to the mall and book a connecting microtransit trip to the hospital.
Please note: Your trip would have to be within the microtransit zone during service hours. We’re planning for those to be 7 am – 6 pm, Monday – Friday. Those hours are subject to change, so please stay tuned for updates.
The proposed microtransit zone will NOT affect ACCESS service, and these riders will NOT be required to change vehicles. Those using ACCESS will still have transportation available to IU Health Arnett Hospital.
While the service area and geography for ACCESS will NOT change, we anticipate an improved experience for all riders with this proposed microtransit service. As an ACCESS rider, you’d be able to use an app to book trips, pay fares, view bus ETAs, and track your bus (with all old methods still available).
Please watch our short (but detailed) video regarding the proposed microtransit route changes, and please complete the short survey below. We need your feedback!