City Public Transit Survey Needs Your Input

By Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville, Alabama

Mayor Tommy Battle

The City of Huntsville is working on a transit study to help us improve and grow our public transit system over the next five years. We need your input to help us plan.

Next Tuesday, Aug. 28, the City is hosting three events to hear your thoughts. At each gathering, we’ll have informational boards and interactive exercises to review progress on the City’s Transit Plan, and we’ll ask your opinion on proposed near-term improvements to the Shuttle bus system through surveys and comments. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the future of public transit in Huntsville. Dates and locations include:

  • Senior Center, 9 – 10 a.m., 2200 Drake Avenue
  • Downtown Bus Transfer Center, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 500 Church Street
  • Showers Recreation Center, 4 -6 p.m., 4600 Blue Spring Road

Huntsville’s public transit network serves about 4,000 citizens every day. The Shuttle bus has 12 traditional routes, two routes running every 30 minutes, and the others every hour. Handi-Ride operates 17 smaller buses by appointment to serve the elderly and disabled. With the City’s rapid growth, the transit network has maximized its capacity and must expand to meet greater demand.

To help us update the Transit Plan and look five to 10 years down the road, transportation consultants Nelson Nygaard are helping to provide direction on three critical areas:

  • Saturday service
  • Aging population that will live longer and more independently
  • Growing workforce in the western industrial corridor

The transit study will further examine Huntsville’s current operating situation and suggest ways to be more efficient and effective. We’ll be looking at things like using Uber, Lyft, and taxi cabs to provide potential ambulatory transportation or Saturday service where it makes physical and financial sense. Priorities include:

  • Expand public transit in Huntsville
  • Make service more efficient
  • Increase ridership
  • Explore new technologies
  • Produce an implementable 5-year plan

We hope to see you at the Public Transit events next Tuesday, Aug. 28.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments at<> or by calling 256-427-5000.