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CATA looking to increase low ridership

CATA looking to increase low ridership


LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - Fewer people are riding the bus in Central Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Transit Authority says they're down 5 percent in ridership from last year, saying the decrease came at the hands of this winter's weather.

"When it comes to level of investment in our system we're not at the top," said CATA executive director Jarod Varner.

In a day and age when there are more cars than people in the world the novel idea of public transportation can often be overlooked, and Varner wants to change that.

"I think there's room, much room for improvement when it comes to the service area as well as the frequency of service," he said.

Varner has had to implement cost saving measures that include lower fuel rates and fewer employee benefits to make up for the decrease in ridership.

"It comes at a time that we're being very introspective," he continued.

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on Highway 67

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on Highway 67

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing the railing on the Vandenberg Blvd. overpass (LRAFB) in Jacksonville. The work will require closing the northbound inside lane between mile markers 10 and 11 on U.S. Highway 67.

The lane closures will be Tuesday, August 26th through Thursday, August 28th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

AHTD will hold public meetings over I-30, I-40 expansion

AHTD will hold public meetings over I-30, I-40 expansion

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold Public Involvement Meetings in Pulaski County to discuss plans to widen Interstates 30 and 40.

The construction work will widen and reconstruct Interstates 30 and 40 between Interstate 530 in Little Rock and U.S. Highway 67 in North Little Rock. It includes a new bridge over the Arkansas River.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, August 12th

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce
(Bank of the Ozarks Conference Center)
100 Main St.
North Little Rock, AR

Thursday, August 14th

Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential
(Cash/Campbell Ballroom)
707 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR

Ramp closures planned for I-530 in Pulaski County

Ramp closures planned for I-530 in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements along Interstate 530 northbound require interchange ramp closures in southern Pulaski County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will resurface the I-530 northbound interchange ramps at Exit 15 in Hensley and Exit 12 in Woodson. The work will require closing each ramp for approximately one hour as it’s being resurfaced.   

The work will take place Friday, June 6th between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Crews will begin at the Hensley interchange. Once it is complete, they will begin working at the Woodson interchange. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on I-440

Routine bridge inspection will require lane closures on I-440

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – A routine bridge inspection will require lane closures and a ramp reduction on Interstate 430 in North Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be inspecting a bridge just south of Interstate 40. The work will require closing the I-430 southbound outside lane. It will also reduce the width of the southbound on ramp from Interstate 40 eastbound. The closures will occur between mile markers 9 and 10.

The closures will be Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Hwy 89 lane closures in Pulaski Co.

Hwy 89 lane closures in Pulaski Co.

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Improvements to Highway 89 will require lane closures in Pulaski County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will resurface Highway 89 between Highway 107 and Highway 5 in northern Pulaski County. The work will reduce traffic on Highway 89 to one lane. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed due to loose material on the roadway during the resurfacing process.

The lane closures will be Monday, May 5th through Thursday, May 8th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers, cones, and warning signs.

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.