Central and Meadowbrook have different kinds of buses and, until recently, ran completely separate routes. Someone as
Always having certain routes come out of certain garages did lead to a certain amount of inefficiency. I'm not even going to try to describe the situation without a picture. Observe:
As you can see, a lot of trouble, not to mention a decent amount of gas, could be saved by simply having the 200 come out of Central and the 320 out of Meadowbrook. I was talking to a bus driver one day who told me he worked a split shift, and that for both halves of his shift he started out at Meadowbrook and drove to Central Station (across the street from the Central Garage). I guess it's not surprising that this bright idea occurred to UTA independently of me.
The first day after the most recent change day, I was startled to see that the 200 coming to pick me up was a bus I had previously associated with Central. I got on it, and it still went to all the same places, so I hadn't completely missed the boat. Over the next few days, I saw lots of other "mixtures" between Central and Meadowbrook routes, and I eventually put the pieces together.
It's a sensible idea, even if it does mean that the writing is sometimes the wrong color.