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Posted: Monday, August 4, 2008 5:59 pm | Updated: 5:37 pm, Fri Jun 22, 2012.

Tempe transportation officials want light rail and the bus system to complement each other, not get in the other's way.

That's why the city is asking for the public's input on potential changes to more than a dozen bus routes.

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An open house for residents will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.

People also can leave comments online at www.tempe.gov/tim/Bus/Dec08BusChanges.htm, until Aug. 19.

Once transportation officials have listened to citizens' suggestions, the proposed changes will go before the Tempe Transportation Commission on Sept.9 and the Tempe City Council on Sept. 11 for consideration.

The alterations would go into effect on Dec. 29 - the first day of light-rail service.

Key to the proposed changes on many routes is tying the buses to light-rail stations. The goal is to create a seamless network for commuters.

In a few cases, changes are limited to running routes past the stations. In other cases, light rail will handle the traffic into downtown Tempe.

For example, riders of Route1 - from the state Capitol complex east along Washington Street - now can reach Mill Avenue and Arizona State University after transferring to a train at the Washington/Priest station.

Route 81, which runs along McClintock Drive/Hayden Road from Chandler Fashion Center to north Scottsdale, will save some time because of light rail.

The detour to ASU has been eliminated; anyone heading to the campus can catch a train at Apache Boulevard and McClintock.

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