Mixed chatter on bus changes

Lisa Goudy
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It was 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday. The hot sun shined in the blue sky. Cars came and went down Main Street.

Dave Fry and Nattie Parent wait for a bus to arrive on Aug. 6, 2014.

Dave Fry looked in his bag for a copy of the Moose Jaw Transit bus schedule. After all, there have been several changes to the bus schedule that came into effect in the beginning of July. It’s only been a little over a month.

From Monday to Friday, the mid-day service has been reduced in frequency between 9:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. from the downtown core. The bus used to come every 30 minutes. Now it comes every hour during those times to allow for an evening bus service.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “It’s been 40 minutes now.”

He’d been sitting in the seat waiting for the bus’ arrival since 1 p.m. The next bus would arrive at 1:45 p.m.

His companion sitting next to him also waiting for the bus was Nattie Parent. When asked about her thoughts on the changes to the bus schedule, she let out a short laugh.

“I saw it coming,” she said.

She double-checked the route information on a pamphlet of her own. There are four routes: Athabasca East, Sunningdale, Athabasca West/Thatcher and Westmount.

The transit is offered starting at 6:45 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, service operates from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. with hourly service from the downtown core.

“In the summer I can see it,” said Parent, referring to the hourly mid-day service. “But when school comes back – no way.”

When asked if she has experienced any inconvenience with the new schedule, Parent said, “I understand it, but there’s a lot of people that don’t.”

Right on time, at exactly 1:45 p.m., the city bus pulled up to the stop. Fry and Parent stepped on the bus. It drove away.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Geographic location: Athabasca East, Sunningdale, Athabasca West Westmount

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