Amarillo’s City Transit department will soon be conducting a series of informational meetings ahead of fixed route system changes that will go into effect next month.

Transit Director Marita Wellage-Reiley said the sessions would be used to help riders learn more about the routes and available services.

“Currently we have eight routes that begin at 6:20 a.m. and end at 7 p.m,” she said, noting the changes would go into effect Aug. 27. “We will be expanding to 13 routes that will be much more direct, which will allow for less time to travel to the end of the route. The current routes begin downtown and go out into the neighborhoods. We are going to reverse that, starting routes in the neighborhoods and going downtown.”

Officials said the meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Wednesday, July 18, from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Southwest Amarillo Public Library, 6801 W. 45th Ave., located on Route 6

• Saturday, July 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Downtown Amarillo Public Library, 413 E. 4th Ave., Room AB, two blocks from the transit station

• Tuesday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

North Branch Library, 1500 N.E. 24th Ave., located on Route 2, at N.E. 24th Avenue and Mirror Street

• Wednesday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Northwest Amarillo Public Library, 6100 W. 9th Ave., located on Route 8, next to the Amarillo College West Campus

• Thursday, July 26, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

East Amarillo Public Library, 2232 E. 27th Ave., Located two blocks east on Route 4

“We want to conduct trip planning,” Wellage-Reiley said with regard to what she said the department envisions as interactive gatherings. “The routes, names and numbers are changing, so we’re planning to conduct a lot of outreach. We’ll provide free transportation home for those who attend the evening meetings and two weekends before the new service routes begin, we will have buses available downtown to give riders an opportunity to test out the routes.”

Officials said a grocer would be included on every route while there are three routes slated to Westgate Mall. Additionally, each of the three Amarillo College campuses will have direct service.