Ben Franklin Transit Comprehensive Service Plan Study


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Changes Coming to Ben Franklin Transit

Many changes are coming to BFT in the next few months as part of our Comprehensive Service Change. This includes changes to our hours of operation, changes to fixed routes, and frequency of fixed routes. All changes, except for our new technology, are set to go into effect on September 18, 2017. Our new technology is estimated to go into effect in October.

Routes: The largest change that is happening is the revamp of all of our Fixed Routes.
These new routes are set to go into effect on September 18, 2017. This date is subject to change, but in that event we will notify the public.

Route changes can be viewed here

Route Frequency: More frequent service on routes is the goal here. We are adding more buses and runs, and will be increasing the frequency of service on most routes (final schedules are coming soon)

Hours: We will also be extending our hours for both Fixed Route and Dial-A-Ride services. Hours of operation Monday-Friday will be 6:00am – 8:00pm and Saturday hours will be 7:00am – 7:00pm.

Night Service: Night Service will begin later in the evening, starting at 8:30pm; with last trip scheduled for midnight (12:00am). General taxi service will be available after midnight, but BFT will not be subsidizing those trips beyond midnight.

New Technology: GPS is being deployed on all fixed route buses, and a new mobile compatible website will enable customers to plan trips and track their bus from their mobile device.  In addition, users can set up alerts to receive text messages on routes and departure times, and watch real-time as the bus moves along its route towards stops.  Customers will also receive the added value of free Wi-Fi on the fixed route buses!

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New Routes and Schedules

Here they are! Our final routes and schedules for our Comprehensive Service Plan! If you don’t see your current stops on your regular route, please check the System Map to see which routes will now be serving your area.

Updated routes will go into effect September 18, 2017. 

Notes: Routes 23 and 26 are now intercity routes and their numbers have been changed to 123 and 126. Route 123 now connects Knight Street Transit Station to Three Rivers Transit Station by way of Keene Road. Route 126 now connects Knight Street Transit Station to Three Rivers Transit Station by way of highway 240.


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BFT Open Houses

We are holding four public open houses in August, 2017. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to learn about new routes, expanded hours of operations, and enhanced services and features – like free Wi-Fi! (see changes here)

Three events will occur:

  • Monday, August 7 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Richland Ben Franklin Transit Maintenance Operations & Administration Building—1000 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA 99362
  • Tuesday, August 8 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.– Pasco Columbia Basin College—Room SWL 117 – 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
  • Wednesday, August 16th – 6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. – Finley Community Center – 222204 E Game Farm Rd, Kennewick, WA 99337
  • Thursday, August 17 – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Benton City Mid-Columbia Library—Benton City – 810 Horne Drive, Benton City, WA 99320

Experts will be at all events to answer questions about the upcoming changes!

Correction: It has been advertised that the open house on August 16th will be at the Finley Grange, this is FALSE. The August 16th open house will be at the library inside Finley Center, 222204 E Game Farm Rd, Kennewick, WA 99337. 

 


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Final Route Alignments are Here!

After working tirelessly all spring, our planning department has nailed down our final route alignments for the service changes coming later this year. Please take a look at the new, more direct routes. Make sure you look at the overall system map to see if another route may now be closer to your location than the one you currently ride.

These routes will not go into effect until September 18, 2017.