Kudos to a recent editorial by Richard Schmeling that posited some sound ideas for Lincoln's StarTran bus service and, in particular, the idea of moving the main transfer point from downtown to a more centrally located site is certainly well-founded ("Bus system needs funding, attention," June 30).
I've long surmised that riders desiring a College View to University Place/Havelock destination aren't enamored of having to be taken downtown to switch buses to complete their trip, considering the length of time involved. Ditto for a Belmont-to-Eastridge trip and other various combinations.
Omaha has successfully located at least three transfer points in outlying locates, the heaviest use being at 72nd and Dodge streets. For Lincoln's purposes, the southwest corner of 33rd and O streets would be the logical choice. There's room to build a serviceable terminal with controlled temperatures and other amenities and one that would greatly shorten the overall time required by the above-mentioned journeys.
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There would still be a need for downtown transfers as well. They could be worked into the system. Plus, a shuttle from 33rd and O to 11th and O would enhance the flexibility of the system.
Bob Ammon, Lincoln