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BOC APPROVES ONE-WAY FARES FOR ITS UPCOMING BUS SERVICE


Douglasville, Ga. - The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to set one-way fares for the new Connect Douglas fixed route bus system at $2.50, with a discounted ticket of $1.00 being offered to senior adults, age 60-and-older, disabled individuals and students. The Board of Commissioners approved the fares after receiving a recommendation from the Connect Douglas staff and the Transportation Committee of the Board of Commissioners.

Senior adults, disabled individuals, and students will be able to receive a photo ID discount card for the bus service by completing a simple verification process at the Douglas County Transportation Center. Individuals will use the discount card when boarding the bus or paying for a multi-trip pass.

More information about the new fares and payment options will be available closer to the launch of the bus service which is expected to be this spring.

Tentatively, the bus service is scheduled to operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The bus service will start with four routes. Two of the routes, 10 and 20, will serve north Douglasville, downtown Douglasville, Douglas Boulevard, Stewart Parkway, Arbor Place Mall and Hospital Drive. Route 30 will serve Thornton Road south of I-20, and Riverside Parkway.

Route 40 will connect Douglasville routes 10 and 20 with Route 30 and Cobb LINC Route 30 will connect service to the H.E. Holmes MARTA station.

Connect Douglas staff announced this week, Mr. Jemal Sheppard has been named Transit Services Coordinator. He will be responsible for overseeing the operation of the bus service and the primary liaison with the private company that will be operating the bus service for Douglas County.

Sheppard comes to Douglas County following five years of service with the Georgia Department of Transportation where he was the primary contact for small transit programs in north Georgia.

"We are very fortunate to have secured the services of Jemal Sheppard," Gary Watson, Division Manager for Douglas County Transit Services and Connect Douglas said. "His past work experiences were exactly what we were looking for as we were seeking to fill this position."

"I applaud the effort, time and energy placed on expanding transportation services in Douglas County by the Transportation Committee Chairman Kelly Robinson, retired Vice Chairman Mike Mulcare and the Connect Douglas Staff led by Mr. Gary Watson," said Douglas County Commission Chairman Romona Jackson-Jones.

"The bus fares adopted by the Board of Commissioners will provide a much needed low-cost mobility alternative to many under-served residents of the county," Douglas County Transportation Director Miguel Valentin said. "It will also bring Douglas County more on par with our neighboring counties in terms of mobility and competitiveness."

For more information about Connect Douglas and its programs, including bus service, visit ConnectDouglas.com, or e-mail connectdouglas@co.douglas.ga.us.

Photo: Jemal Sheppard, Newly hired Transit Services Coordinator





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