In January, select Janesville Transit System fares were decreased, thanks to the leadership of the Janesville City Council. Our cash fare was previously $1.75 per ride, positioning us with the second highest cash fare of our peers. Following the adjustment to $1.50, our fare is now more in line with our peers. Hearing the surprise and joy in our riders’ voices as they learned of the fare decrease was very heartwarming and demonstrated to me the importance of transit services to our riders.

In May, the city council approved funding for the implementation of a fleet-wide annunciation system. Using GPS, this system will audibly and visually state the location of the bus as it makes its way through town. JTS will also offer an app to view the real-time location of each bus. These amenities will improve the on-board experience for all riders and will make JTS more inclusive and welcoming to riders with hearing or vision impairments.

Earlier this month, JTS implemented updated bus routes and transitioned to a bus stop-only transit system. These changes were made as part of the 2017 Transit Development Plan update. JTS also installed modernized bus stop signs and published individualized route brochures as part of these changes.

This year has brought many changes and improvements to JTS, of which I am very proud. Anyone desiring more information about JTS or our services is encouraged to call us at 755-3150 or visit us online through the city's website, www.ci.janesville.wi.us.

REBECCA SMITH

Janesville Transit System director

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