For the past several months, the Harrisonburg Department of Transportation (HDPT) has been evaluating its routes and efficiency.
This study was conducted by Renaissance Planning Group on behalf of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization and HDPT in an effort to examine the city’s current system to see what, if any, changes need to be made. The existing routes, performance, schedules, accessibility, and efficiency were studied to highlight HDPT’s positive performance and identify areas for improvement.
Currently, the city operates transit services year-round and transports nearly 3 million passengers yearly. There are five city routes, 29 routes to and from James Madison University, and a paratransit service that runs consistently with additional trips made for special events.
One significant need that was identified by the consultant was to create an additional route, which would divide an existing, longer route (route 2) in half. This new route is proposed to begin at the East Gay Street transfer hub, serve James Madison University and Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and the Valley Mall shopping corridor.