Notice of Proposed Service Increase to
Moorhead MATBUS Routes 6 & 9
The City of Moorhead is considering service increases to Moorhead MATBUS to become effective May 1, 2014, as recommended by the Five-year Transit Development Plan, generally described below.
Informational Display: An informational display on the proposed new Route 9 and changes to the Route 6 timetable, as well as comment cards, will be in the lobby of the Ground Transportation Center (GTC), 502 N.P. Avenue, Fargo, ND, from March 10th through March 21st. Staff will be at the GTC to answer questions on Friday, March 14th, from 9-10 AM and 4-5 PM. Written comments may be turned in to the dispatch window and will be considered by staff prior to the final recommendation to the City Council. In addition, written comments may be submitted in advance to: Lori Van Beek, Transit Manager, 650 23rd Street North,Fargo,ND58102, E-mail LVanbeek@matbus.com, telephone 701-476-6686. For TDD Relay Service call7-1-1.
Public Hearing: The proposed service increases to MATBUS may be considered major and will require a public hearing. The public hearing will be held by the Moorhead City Council on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. in the First Floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 500 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN. At the hearing, the City of Moorhead will afford an opportunity for interested persons to be heard with respect to the proposed service increases. Written comments may be submitted in advance of the public hearing to: Lori Van Beek, Transit Manager, 650 23rd Street North, Fargo, ND 58102, E-mail LVanbeek@matbus.com, telephone 701-476-6686.
Upon request, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, language barriers, or other needs to allow participation in meetings will be provided. To arrange assistance, call the City Clerk’s Office at 218-299-5166 (voice) or 711 (TDD/TTY).
Comments from the informational meeting may result in changes to the proposed service routes and times. The final recommendations will be made available to the public on March 19, 2014, at the GTC.
New Service to Southeast Moorhead on Route 9: The proposed route would begin and end at the Dilworth Walmart. The Dilworth Walmart is a transfer point between Routes 4 (North Moorhead), 6 (Dilworth) and 9 (SE Moorhead). The proposed route would be 30 minutes long with hourly frequency. One bus would travel on Route 9 for 30-minutes, and then change to Route 6 for 30-minutes. Hours of operations would be 6:08 a.m. to 6:38 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 7:08 a.m. to 6:38 p.m. on Saturdays. The route would travel by Walmart, CashWise Foods, Horizon Middle School, Sanford Health Center, Menard’s and Sam’s Club.
Increased Hours, Less Frequency on Dilworth Route 6: Currently, Route 6 is only half of a route with split trips in the morning peak and the afternoon peak (no mid-day service). This was done with the expectation that when service to Southeast Moorhead was implemented, the Dilworth route would be interlined with Route 9 for a full 12-hour daily route, but with hourly frequency. Hours of operation for Route 6 would be 6:38 a.m. to 6:08 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 7:38 a.m. to 6:08 p.m. on Saturdays.