Sunday, March 25, 2007

CTS

At the Parks & Rec Advisory Board meeting the other night, I encountered my first CTS schedule/route locator. It was just sitting there in the basement conference room of City Hall (there were several). The booklet had a center middle page with all the routes in different colors, like the Metro system in DC area. Suddenly, things were more clear. All the routes had their own page with details including where the bus travels and ... WHEN! I have to tell you I was really surprised and happy to find such a booklet. I suppose a brochure like this will be housed at the new transit center, perhaps it can make its way into the hands of residents who may not normally ride the bus (but would be interested if they knew more about when and where the bus ran).

Information about CTS fares and text only route descriptions are available online.

And then there is the 77 page report which is available in .pdf format on this page. This report was completed in August 2006 and is supposed to deal with issues through 2011- probably worth a read.

5 comments:

Jim Duncan said...

If that map was online and as clearly comprehensible as you say it is, CTS might be used quite a bit more.

jocelyn said...

This info is readily available online. Plus, I've never had a problem locating a schedule booklet when I want one.

Jim Duncan said...

That is a good map, that I had not seen before. If it weren't in a PDF, it would be better. Not everybody wants to download a PDf.

jocelyn said...

I agree, the PDF is annoying. It's better than a Word file, though. I'd prefer an embedded image, perhaps even a clickable imagemap.

Anonymous said...

Those info booklets have been available for YEARS on all CTS buses, UTS buses, and various locations throughout Charlottesville. I've never had trouble finding one. Short of mailing them to every single household in Cville, I don't know how CTS could do a better job of distributing them. I find the online version hard to use. I'd love to be able to click my origin and destination on a map and have it pop up with an itinerary.