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Citibus to discuss route eliminations at Tuesday meeting

Citibus General Manager Maurice Pearl Citibus General Manager Maurice Pearl
Lubbock resident Limbano Vasquez Lubbock resident Limbano Vasquez
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock Public Transit Advisory Board will hear public comments regarding proposed Citibus route changes/eliminations on the fixed route service on Tuesday.

They've proposed eliminating Route 19 from 24th Street & Quaker Medical District to South Plains Mall and Route 34 from 34th Street & Boston to South Plains Mall.

"We don't take it lightly. It does effect a lot of our passengers and businesses in Lubbock and quite frankly it creates a quality of life issue for some of the residents here as well, and businesses," said Citibus General Manager Maurice Pearl.

"We present a budget to the City and then the City has a certain budget that they have to work within. Anything over that we have to work within our means. The segments that are up for review and elimination are low segment areas on our routes. We had a fixed route study that was conducted and concluded at the end of last year and they gave us some phases that we needed to go through if we were to reduce service," Pearl said.

The public hearings will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Sunset Church of Christ, The Well Meeting Room (next to Sunset Church of Christ), 3723 34th Street in Lubbock and Wednesday, Aug. 20 at noon at the Citibus Downtown Transfer Plaza located at 801 Broadway, also in Lubbock.

Citibus will provide transportation after the Aug. 19 hearing for citizens who need to return home after regular bus service has ended.

The Lubbock Public Transit Advisory Board will make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the potential route elimination.

If approved by the City Council, the route eliminations will take effect on Sept. 29.

Lubbock resident Limbano Vasquez relies on these routes.

"It's allowed me to go to my appointments and also to take my kids to school. They're going to start on Wednesday and I ride the bus almost every day," he said. "I'm going to miss them because really use both routes, more 34 than 19, but I think we need both of them."

Vasquez was left handicapped after a serious car crash three years ago.

"I have to use special transportation with a ramp to ride in Lubbock because it's a big town and sometimes I have to go to United Amigos or I have to come to the mall. I think Citibus helps a lot," he said. "It's not only me - there's a lot of people that don't have transportation and the Citibus is the only way you can get around."

Vasquez feels the routes are necessary.

"I take route 34 to go downtown, I use 19 to go to my appointments. The bus leaves me about two blocks from the clinic," he said. "Citibus is awesome."

Citibus will accept written comments on the proposed route changes/eliminations until close of business on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Comments should be submitted to Shannon Garrett, Administrative Assistant, Citibus, PO Box 2000, Lubbock, TX 79457 or by e-mail to sgarrett@citibus.com.

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