BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Golden Empire Transit will implement their new bus route system this Sunday.
To improve their overall efficiency, GET will eliminate about 370 individual stops in various part of Kern County.
According to the new plan, including all service along Airport Drive, the Seven Oaks area in the southwest and some routes in east Bakersfield will end on Sunday. Many who take these routes say there is nothing else they can do.
"I'm going to have to plan a lot different just to get around," said Jeff Parish, GET Bus rider.
"Starting Sunday, I really don't know how I'm going to get around without this stop or this route," said William Kelly, GET bus rider.
However, through the new system, GET officials say they will provide faster service, shorter routes and more frequent stops to areas of the greatest need.
"Our plan is to increase service through the core of Bakersfield where people need to get to work. We also increased the number of buses going to Bakersfield College and CSUB." said Gina Hayden of Golden Empire Transit District.
But, for those riders whose service area has been cut, they are left wondering why they were left out of the new plan.
"At first when I heard about it I wasn't sure what the plans were, but now I have seen the plans. I don't think it's right. I don't think it's fair to a lot of people on the north end of town," said Parish.
The transit district hasn't made a significant change to their service in 25 years. This plan has been in the works for about two years.
"We have spent a lot of time looking at where people were riding the bus, where they were not riding the bus and where more service was needed," said Hayden.
GET officials said that they had to cut service to areas with low ridership so they could improve service to the majority of their customers.
"But I don't believe in that, because people ride this bus every day and I see at least 10 to 15 people on it when I get on," said Kelly.