Proposals For Added Service Available to Review
For the first time in nearly 12 years, Link Transit is planning to increase the amount of service operating. Proposals for service enhancements include additional hours of service Monday - Friday on many routes operating within the Wenatchee/East Wenatchee area; and changes to the schedules and the span of service on some routes operating between Wenatchee and outlying communities.
Additional hours of service are being proposed for:
Comments will be taken until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at which time the Board of Directors will approve the changes. Comments and suggestions received may result in a different proposal going in front of the Board in April.
To comment on these changes: email our transportation planner.
Changes to service will become effective on Monday, July 2, 2018.
These additional hours equal about a 7% increase in service, with some routes being operated until nearly 10 PM. This later service would improve access to transit for those who work non-traditional work shifts, or who wish to use transit for recreational or other purposes. Presently, most routes curtail service between 6:30 and 8 PM.
Over the course of an 18 month intensive community outreach effort in 2016-17, Link staff heard from 1000’s of residents about what their preferences and priorities for service improvements were. Overall, the most requested were increasing the amount of service available on weekends, and operating later into the evenings during the week.
From a productivity standpoint, Link staff feels that addiing service during the week will produce higher ridership than adding additional weekend service. With available funding of about $450,000 for additional service, Link’s Board of Directors approved staffs recommendation to focus these resources where they would yield the greatest return.