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The Bus to start new routes/schedule this week

As local riders probably are aware, the borough bus system has been consistently late during the visitor season, for the second year in a row.

Transit Department officials hope to improve the service with some route adjustments that will debut on Wednesday.

The first change is a second Green Line bus, offering service every 30 minutes along that route. The Green Line serves the Carlanna/Baranof neighborhoods, High School and College area, the Ketchikan Public Library and Gateway Recreation Center.

The second Green Line will complement the new “silver” bus line. That new service will offer two buses, running one continuous line from north to south. According to the borough, it is essentially a combined Red and Blue Line.

“Silver Line Northbound” will start at Fawn Mountain School, and head north, while “Silver Line Southbound” will start at Lighthouse Grocery and travel south.

Customers on the former Red and Blue lines will have the same hourly service as before. Staff has built time-buffers into the schedule to allow drivers to “catch-up,” in case of delays.

The free downtown shuttle will continue to operate a 20-minute loop between Totem Heritage Center and Berth 4. That service will be adjusted later.

For more information, go to www.kgbak.us/bus/info.htm.

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