SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - It’s a new year, and some new changes are coming for those who ride the SporTran in the Shreveport-Bossier City area.
Starting Sunday, January 13, 2019, the transit system will be adding and improving routes for riders.
“A lot of the concerns dealt with better connectivity and better schedules. So one of the main things we wanted to look at was how do we go about putting a main corridor route system together that provides connectivity, and also lines up at the terminal of the majority of our corridor routes,” said CEO, Dinero Washington.
The north Shreveport area will see some of the biggest changes this year.
The route for Russell Road has been closed for nearly five years, but now SporTran is reopening that route back up. It will service all of the stops previously served by the MLK Circulator, as well as other stops north of Ford Street, previously serviced by Route 17 on North Market.
Washington says there should be faster travel times on the MLK and Southern Hill routes, and there will be service to the Walmart in the North Shreveport/Blanchard area at least six times a day.
There will also be additional neighborhood service at the Fairgrounds (Curtis Lane) and North Bossier (Riverwood), and better connections on routes that service the airport.
Right now, the main changes will impact the day routes, but Washington says they are in the process of studying the night service.
“We did the day service, that’s the changes you will see on January 13th and January 14th, but the main changes that we’re going to be making at night time are going to happen probably sometime this summer,” he said. “We’re going to study the complete night time service. Based on the comments that we received from the general public, we are going to look at those very closely.”
However, SporTran did make a change to one night route. Those who work in the LSU Medical Center and get off at 11 p.m. will now see an extra bus coming to help get them home quicker.
“We put a bus there about 15 minutes before, and we have a bus picking up about ten minutes after,” said Washington. “For those employees, they don’t have to get off work at 11 o’clock and sit there for 35 to 40 minutes for the next bus, but now they have a scheduled bus coming ten minutes after they get off of work at 11."
Washington says Monday, January 14, 2019, they will have workers out at the terminals explaining the new route changes to passengers.
To view the Winter 2019 Route Guide, click HERE.
To view the 2019 summary of route changes, click HERE.