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Metro is holding public hearings this week to seek input from riders on proposed changes to bus lines in the region.

Changes to the bus routes would not go into effect before mid-2012, according to Metro.

The transit authority said in a press release the changes are meant to “provide customers with more reliable, efficient and cost-effective service and to provide additional capacity where it is needed most.”

Some of the bus schedules will be changed so they more accurately reflect arrival and departure times, given road conditions. Other buses will come more frequently along busy corridors. Routes that have lower ridership will be realigned.

The proposed changes include:

• Extending the limited stop 28X service to the Mark Center. Also proposed is to extend the M8 and M9 to Stanton Road and Alabama Avenue SE.

• Extending the 25A to Park Fairfax to provide more access to shopping centers.

• Creating new C8 services to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration offices at White Oak and to the National Archives facility in College Park.

Hearings were held Tuesday in Southeast and Falls Church. The sessions begin with an open house at 6 p.m. followed by the hearing at 6:30:

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