As the Huntsville is rapidly growing, the bus service is expanding to meet the demand.
“Ridership since 2012 has more than doubled,” said John Autry, Huntsville’s public transit manager, who says the bus shuttle now serves over 3000 riders a day.
“We’re seeing more and more people on the buses every day. Our University Drive bus is also completely full with standing room as well as our route 6 southwest Huntsville,” said Autry.
Over five phases, new drivers will be hired and new buses added. Phase one will include extending weekday bus service from 7 to 9 PM as well as starting Saturday bus service running 7AM to 7PM.
There will be 131 new bus stop locations and 37 underused stops will be eliminated to streamline the routes. A new route 10 will be added in North Huntsville. Bus service for those with disabilities will also change as part of the first phase. Paratransit will extend to the same hours as the fixed route bus service.
Phases two through five begin next year.
They’ve also launched a mobile app called “Route Shout 2.0”. It’s free to download, and it will give you real time route information, which will be handy so you can keep close tabs on when your bus will arrive. Find more information about the bus changes here and the app here.