2021 Modified Annual Service Plan Overview

The 2021 Modified Annual Service Plan seeks to implement the remaining service initiatives from the Comprehensive Service Plan (CSP) and the Service Restoration Plan to improve connectivity and meet rider demand within Ben Franklin Transit’s (BFT) service area. The phased plans are scheduled for implementation between June and August of 2021.

Frequent Service Corridors

BFT’s Frequent Service Corridor (FSC) concept includes increased frequency on select routes with high weekday ridership and increased frequency on several Saturday routes to meet demand and be consistent with weekday schedules. The goals of the FSC program are to reduce travel time, transfers, and passenger wait times within the BFT System. The FSC program will be implemented in the June service changes.

Sunday Service

The Sunday service plan includes a limited set of fixed -routes operating every 30 minutes, full Dial-A-Ride service, and full BFT CONNECT service on Sundays from 8am to 6:30pm, offering more connection options within the BFT service area. The Sunday service program will be implemented with the August service changes.

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June Service Changes

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Frequent Service Corridor Implementation: Phase I

Route 1 - Frequent - Pasco/Kennewick/Richland

Route 1 follows the existing alignment of Route 126 between Knight Street Transit Center and Three Rivers Transit Center, and Route 150 between Three Rivers Transit Center and the future Downtown Pasco Transit Center. Segments of existing Routes 120, 126, 150, and 160 will form the new Route 1 service. Route 1 will operate every 15 minutes between 22nd Avenue Transit Center, Three Rivers Transit Center, and Knight Street Transit Center.

Route 1 Operating Hours Frequency (Minutes)
Weekday 6am - 9:30pm 15
Saturday 7am - 9:30pm 15

 

 

 

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Future Route 2 - Frequent - Pasco/Richland

Route 2 was considered for implementation but is delayed until the completion of the West Pasco Transit Hub (planned for 2024). Future Route 2 includes the consolidation of Routes 225 and 268 largely on the Route 225 alignment with an added route to serve Chiawana High School. Other local routes will be restructured with the addition of the West Pasco Transit Hub. With full restoration of service in March 2021, shared segments of Routes 225 and 268 will operate every 15 minutes.

Route 3 - Frequent - Pasco/Kennewick

Route 3 provides direct service between Dayton Transfer Point and 22nd Avenue Transit Center via the Ed Hendler Bridge (Cable Bridge) with service through downtown Pasco and Court St. Route 3 follows the shared Route 150 and 160 segments (the portion not being incorporated into Route 1 service).  Existing and future service will operate every 15 minutes, but this route consolidation eliminates potential confusion related to route direction. Route 3 will also serve the future Downtown Pasco Transit Hub when completed (planned for late 2023). If long-term demand warrants, Route 3 will be extended to serve BFT’s Three Rivers Transit Center or a proposed Southridge Transit Hub.

Route 3 Operating Hours Frequency (Minutes)
Weekdays 6am - 9:30pm 15
Saturday 7am - 9:30pm 15


 

 

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Local Route Implementation and Minor Changes

Route 20 - Local - Richland/West Richland

Route 20 follows the existing alignment of Route 120 between West Richland and Knight Street Transit Center. This route will operate every 30 minutes. The shorter route will allow BFT to extend Route 20 service from Knight Street Transit Center to the future Queensgate Transit Hub and from its terminal in West Richland further west on Van Giesen to serve newly developing neighborhoods in West Richland and Benton City.

Route 20 Operating Hours Frequency (Minutes)
Weekdays 6:15am - 9:45pm 30
Saturday 7:15am - 9:45pm 30

 

 

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Route 26 - Local - Richland

Route 26 follows existing Route 126 between Knight Street Transit Center and North Richland via George Washington Way. The shorter route will allow adjustments in service span and frequency without affecting the portion of the route that forms the FSC. This route will operate every 30 minutes during most of the day, but selected trips will operate every 20 minutes to meet peak demand and offer a shorter transfer to Route 1 frequent service. Route 26 may be extended south to serve the future Queensgate Transit Hub when completed in 2024.

Route 26 Operating Hours Frequency (Minutes)
Weekdays 6am - 9:30pm 20-30
Saturday 7am - 9:30pm 20-30

 

 

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Route 40 - Local - Kennewick

Route 40 is designed to serve part of the corridor currently served by Route 160 that will be eliminated with the creation of Route 1. Route 40 will operate between Three Rivers Transit Center and Dayton Transfer Point to retain Clearwater Avenue east of US 395. Route 40 provides new service along Olympia Avenue, a location of higher density, moderate income and senior housing that is not currently served. Route 40 will operate every 30 minutes.

Route 40 Operating Hours Frequency (Minutes)
Weekdays 6:15am - 7:45pm 30
Saturday 7:15am - 7:45pm 30

 

 

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Route 42 - Local - Kennewick

Service will be improved on Saturdays from every 60 minutes to 30 minutes. No route alignment changes are proposed.

Route 47 - Local - Kennewick

Service will be improved on Saturdays from every 60 minutes to 30 minutes. No route alignment changes are proposed.

Route 110 - Intercity - West Richland/Richland/ Kennewick

The schedule will be adjusted to coordinate transfers at West Richland Transit Center, allowing timed transfers between Routes 110 and 20 for better service to the Queensgate/Duportail retail area. The revised service will operate from 5:45 am to 7:25 pm on weekdays and 6:45 am to 7:25 pm on Saturdays.

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Route Eliminations:

Route 120     This route is incorporated into new Routes 1 and 20.

Route 126     This route is incorporated into new Routes 1 and 26.

Route 150      This route is incorporated into new Routes 1 and 3.

Route 160      This route is incorporated into new Routes 1, 3, and 40.

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August Service Changes

Sunday Service 

Sunday service will begin with a limited set of fixed bus routes, full Dial-A-Ride service, and full CONNECT service. All Sunday services will operate with a reduced bus service frequency (every 30 minutes), and all services will operate between 8 am and 6:30 pm.

Six routes will operate every 30 minutes on Sundays:

  • Route 1 – Pasco/Kennewick/Richland
  • Route 3 – Pasco/Kennewick
  • Route 42 – Local – Kennewick
  • Route 64 – Local – Pasco
  • Route 123 – Intercity – Richland/Kennewick
  • Route 225 – Intercity – Pasco/Richland

 

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Areas not served by fixed bus routes, including West Richland, will be able to access the bus network using BFT CONNECT.

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