City Council addresses CityLink bus routes and flooding improvements

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Tonight, Abilene City Council held a meeting which allowed citizens to voice their opinion on new CityLink bus routes and presented a plan for city flooding improvements.

It has been 10 years since the City of Abilene has seen a change to its CityLink bus routes, and new routes may soon be put in place. At the meeting, citizens spoke their comments and concerns for a final time before a decision is to be made about the new routes.

According to city staff, these new routes will cover more areas to help accommodate the new growth in Abilene. They also claim it will be a more cost effective way for tax dollars to be used on the bus system. 

The plan is to reduce the current bus routes from 12  routes to eight, according to transportation staff. This was a concern to some people who say they depend on this public transportation. 

Although, no final decision was made today, Mayor Anthony Williams did state that he "knows pleasing everyone is not an option, but the council will take into consideration everything that was presented to them."

CityLink is still asking for any comments and concerns to be brought to them by this Friday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

Another topic discussed today at the Abilene City Council Meeting was an update to the city's storm water master plan. 

The plan that was presented to the council involved a committee of stakeholders who worked with city staff to come up with the top 10 problem areas in Abilene where the most flooding occurs. Some areas included are the Downtown railroad underpass, Little Elm Creek along South 7th Street, Treadaway Boulevard and South 27th Street.  

Although the plan has not yet been approved by the City Council, costs to the suggested capital improvements will exceed 40 million dollars.

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