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Huntsville Transit seeks comments on proposed fixed-route service changes

Published on December 4, 2023

Introducing “Orbit” and “Access” for fixed route and paratransit service

Huntsville Transit patrons are invited to upcoming public meetings to provide comments about proposed modifications to four routes.

The meeting will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Transfer Station Platform, 500B Church St., Huntsville. The public can view maps, learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback to Huntsville Transit officials.

“We appreciate all those who came out and provided feedback at our last meetings in October,” said Quisha Bryant, Director of Huntsville’s Parking and Public Transportation Department. “Public comments help guide our efforts to make Huntsville Transit a safe and efficient service for all, no matter where you live or where you’re heading.”

The proposed changes will go into effect Jan. 15, 2024, and only affect fixed-route buses. The proposed modifications are as follows:

Route 3

Route 3 will no longer drive through the parking lots at Clearview Cancer Institute and the Huntsville VA Clinic off Markaview Road. Instead, ADA-accessible bus stops will be created (both northbound and southbound) on Markaview Road. Access paratransit will continue to provide door-to-door service.

Route 7

Buses will no longer turn around in the parking lot of the County Health Department on Max Luther Drive. Instead, an ADA-accessible bus stop will be created on Meridian Street South at Max Luther Drive. The proposed new stop location is within a quarter-mile of the Heath Department. This change will not affect Access paratransit service.

Orbit Route 7 will be realigned to serve residents on Winchester Road in both directions from Blue Spring Road to Meridian Street. The proposal will eliminate service on a short segment of Medaris Road. This change will result in bus stops along Medaris Road and Norwood Drive being served by Route 8.

Route 8

Route 8 will no longer serve the segment of Sparkman Drive from North Memorial Parkway to Blue Spring Road. Instead, Sparkman Drive will be served by the realigned Route 9 (proposed changed below). Route 8’s outbound pattern from the Downtown Transfer Station will be North on Church Street, East on Pratt Avenue, North on Washington Street, West on Oakwood Avenue, North on Blue Spring Road, East on Medaris Road to Norwood Circle, then back to Medaris Road and South on Blue Spring Road to the Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Center. Inbound Route 8 service is proposed to match the same streets and turns as described above for the outbound service.

Route 9

Route 9 will replace the service segment east and west on Oakwood Avenue from Pulaski Pike to Jordan Lane with service on Sparkman Drive.  The new service along Sparkman Drive is proposed to travel both directions from Washington Street to University Drive serving Walmart and the North Huntsville Library in both directions. This change will provide convenient service for students, faculty and staff traveling to and from Oakwood University.  The Downtown Rescue Mission (1400 Evangel Drive) will be served by Route 9.

Proposed changes to Route 9 will eliminate the current route segment that travels south on Wynn Drive to west on Research Drive to Corporate Drive to Old Monrovia Road. Access will continue to provide door-to-door service to elderly and disabled individuals who need a ride to the Social Security Office.

Click here to learn more about Huntsville Transit routes. Can’t make the meeting? Fill out the online feedback form.