GAINESVILLE - Monday is the deadline for public comment on proposed changes in the service provided by Hall Area Transit, including the Red Rabbit bus system. Monday is also when two public hearings are planned on the proposals.
The public transit agency is proposing the changes to curtail expenses and better meet users' needs. The changes would decrease operating hours, add a new route, increase fares, add options for daily and monthly passes, and increase the age limit of children who may ride for free.
Highlights of the proposed changes include:
" Operating hours for Hall Area Transit are proposed to change from 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
" Operating hours for Route 2 would be reduced, and a new Route 7 would be created to serve the Hall County Government Center on Browns Bridge Road.
" Fares would increase from $1 to $1.25 for an adult, from $.50 to $1 for children and students, and from $.50 to $.60 for seniors and disabled riders.
" Children age 6 and under would be free, rather than age 2 and under.
" An unlimited one-day pass as well as a monthly pass would be added to the rate structure.
How to submit comments deadline July 23:
" Monday, July 23, 1 p.m., Hall Area Transit, 487 Main St., Gainesville
" Monday, July 23, 5:30 p.m., Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, 430 Prior St. SE, Gainesville
Hall Area Transit
687 Main St.
Gainesville, GA 30501