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The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority plans to roll out changes to the YCAT system.
Transit Director, John Andoh says "This includes basically having two way service on 90% of YCAT's services. A lot of these changes simply revolve around crossing the street to take the bus going in the other direction instead of riding out of direction loops."
Andoh says it currently takes about two to three hours to maneuver bus routes and the new changes set to take place next Monday will make traveling on the YCAT faster and more convenient.
New routes allow residents to cut their travel time in half when riding to major destinations in Yuma County.
The latest changes also include operating under a new contractor.
Andoh says "The base contract is three years and in 2017 if their performance is acceptable the board can continue to allow national express to stay here in one year increments for up to 10 years."
The transit authority terminated its previous contract with Transportation Concepts due to a variety of issues.
Andoh says "They've demonstrated that they can provide a great service with a great management team and we're looking forward to entering into a long term relationship with them."
For more information on the changes visit YCAT online at www.ycat.az.gov.
All Ycat bus routes will be free for a week starting August 18th to get people used to the new routes.