The Athens-Clarke County Transit Department is seeking public input through October 3 on three new bus transfer facilities that will be strategically located throughout the county. The purpose of the public comment is to help determine where additional transfer facilities with passenger amenities could be located. Public comment will be taken through public meetings and an online survey available through www.accgov.com/transit.
A bus transfer is the ability for a passenger to transfer safely from one bus route to another bus route at a specific stop or location where two or more bus routes intersect. The three new facilities will reduce headway times between buses, reduce lost time passengers currently face when transferring between routes, and include amenities to enhance the user and operator experience at these new facilities.
The public is invited to find out more about the project and provide feedback through a public meeting:
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Athens-Clarke County Multimodal Transportation Center
775 East Broad Street
Athens, GA 30601
Bilingual staff (Spanish and English) will be on-site to answer all questions in Spanish and English.
Two additional “pop-up” meetings will also be held with details to be determined. Public comment is also available through October 3 on the project website, which is available through www.accgov.com/transit.
Currently, there is only one central transfer facility where multiple buses and routes intersect, the Athens-Clarke County Multimodal Transportation Center (MMTC) in eastern downtown. The MMTC allows passengers to transfer between multiple bus routes at reoccurring and scheduled times.
Three potential zones have been identified that meet the intent of the decentralized station initiative to enhance the operational efficiency of the Transit system and improve the rider and operator experience. Each area has specific locations that would be advantageous for transit riders to reduce travel times between different transit routes.
The sheltered facilities will have updated amenities and will be placed in strategic locations close by to job centers, retail, food, and beverage locations. The new facilities will accommodate multiple public transit vehicles simultaneously, making it easier for Transit riders to switch between routes in less time and for both riders and operators to enjoy the benefits and amenities provided by the new facilities.
The need for decentralized transit stations was recommended in the Athens Transit Feasibility Study and confirmed in the 2018 Athens-Clarke County Transit Development Plan. Funding for the project comes from a variety of sources, including local Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) 2018 funds in Project #3 - Bus Stop and Transfer Facilities, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, and state and local funding.
For additional details, contact 762-400-6557 or email Pat Hale, Interim Transit Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.