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ConnectDouglas - Douglas County Fixed Route Bus Service
Contact: Gary Watson - Director
Douglas County Fixed Route Bus
Douglas County Multi-modal Transportation Center - 8800 Dorris Road
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
- Fax: 770.920.7515
On Aug. 8, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with implementing fixed route bus/shuttle service. Four routes are under development. Two routes will serve downtown Douglasville and the Highway 5/Stewart Parkway/Douglas Boulevard/Hospital Drive area. A third route will serve Thornton Road south of I-20 and Riverside Drive west to the American Red Cross and Tributary. The fourth route serves Lithia Springs and will connect the two Douglasville routes to the Thornton Road/Riverside route, and will also connect with Cobb Link Route 30 which will provide access to the H.E. Holmes MARTA station. All four routes will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The cost of a one-way fare is to be determined. Douglas County hopes to have the service operational during the first quarter of calendar year 2019. Later this year, a series of public meetings will be held to help the public become familiar with this exciting new service.
Why Does Douglas County Need Bus Service?
Why does Douglas County need bus service? The short answer is that many people have limited transportation options or no transportation options and need help with getting to jobs, doctor appointments and errands like going to the grocery store that most of us take for granted.
Here are some more specific reasons Douglas County needs bus service:
- Senior adults make up 9% of Douglas County's population. Many of them have to depend on other people for their transportation. Seniors are out-living their ability to drive safely.
- Disabled individuals make up 11% of the County's population. These people are capable of working and being productive members of society, but they don't have transportation.
- Fewer young adults are driving. The number of high school seniors with a driver's license has gone down 13% over the last 15 years.
- 26% of households in Douglas County have one car.
- 5% of households in Douglas County do not have a car.
- Some families are paying so much of their limited income on housing that they cannot afford to have a car. They have serious transportation challenges.
- Douglas County employers need workers. There is a sizeable pool of workers qualified for certain jobs, but they do not have transportation. There is another economical component to bus service. More and more businesses and industries will not locate in a community unless there is access to public transportation. Also, businesses cannot thrive unless their customers and workers can get there. Bus service can help provide that connectivity.
What Are The Advantages/Benefits of Bus Service?
Schedules and Fares
- Convenient schedules
- Economical fares
- Connectivity with other forms of transportation such as vanpools, Xpress service to Atlanta, CobbLink and MARTA
- ADA friendly
What Does It Costs to Operate Bus Service?
- The bus routes are tentatively scheduled to operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. That is subject to change.
- Each route will have an estimated 60 minute peak time headway and a 45 minute off-peak headway. Douglas County is working to refine the routes to reduce headway.
- Fares have not been determined yet, but they will be very reasonable.
- Douglas County's buses will have a capacity of one driver, 12 ambulatory passengers and two wheelchair passengers. All buses will be equipped with a wheelchair lift and bicycle rack.
- Douglas County is still refining its routes and stops and fares. All information currently being provided is preliminary and subject to change.
- Operating costs are still being determined. Passenger fares and federal grants will help Douglas County pay for the service.