PLATTSBURGH - Clinton County Public Transit is making changes and they're ones transportation system officials hope will benefit riders.
The changes, which will be effective Monday, March 1, are based on thousands of hours of research into how CCPT could improve its services, said planning technician Maggie Barie.
"This is something that's been in the making for about two years," said Barie. "We spoke with our drivers, with people in our dispatch office. We did rider surveys, we worked with the Clinton County Economic Collaborative and we spoke with local businesses. This process involved a lot of input from a lot of people."
As a result, several changes were made to routes and new routes were even established, said Barie.
"We think we fixed most of the concerns we received from the public," she said. "Most people are happy about the changes."
The changes are the first to the route system in 15 years, said Barie.
"It's been a long time coming," she said.
Changes to the North City route consist of completely eliminating stops at Oak Street Elementary, Montcalm Laundry and the corner of Bailey Avenue and Lafayette Street, while only eliminating stops at Beekman Towers and CVPH Medical Center during the second half of the run. Stops for that route to be added include Kinney Drugs on Boynton Avenue and Meadowbrook Healthcare on Prospect Street.
The North City route will also now stop at the Aldi supermarket on Cornelia Street and the Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Senior Center on North Catherine Street.
"Which is a really big deal," said Barie, based on rider feedback.
The West City route will eliminate stops at the corner of Haley Drive and Cogan Avenue, Terrace Way, Sanborn Avenue, Beau's Way Apartments and the Plattsburgh YMCA. Stops to be added include medical plazas on DeGrandpre Way and Plaza Boulevard.