Bus system extends hours, adds to service

The Grand Valley bus system has extended its hours and increased service along one of its busiest routes.

The changes are scheduled to go into effect March 12. Free bus service will be offered from March 12 to 17 to encourage the public to try out the new hours and services.

Operational hours will run three hours later in the evenings along eight of 11 Grand Valley Transit routes. The change extends the overall hours from 5:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on those routes.

“One of the most consistent requests we hear from community members is to run the buses later into the evening. This will make a huge improvement in GVT service without having to raise fares,” said Stacey Mascarenas, a member of the Fruita City Council who serves as chairwoman of the regional transportation committee that oversees the GVT.

The committee also doubled the frequency of GVT service along Route 9, which serves North Avenue in Grand Junction. Bus will run every half hour between 7:15 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. along the route.

“Another comment we often hear is that riding the bus would be more convenient if the buses ran more than once an hour. While more frequent service on all our routes would be cost prohibitive, we have found a way to double the frequency on our busiest route,” said Todd Hollenbeck manager of the Regional Transportation Planning Office.