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DOUGLAS COUNTY BOC LAUNCHES NEW FIXED BUS ROUTE SERVICE


Douglasville, GA - The Douglas County Transportation Department through the Board of Commissioners launched Connect Douglas today, its new fixed route bus service transportation for the general public. Douglas County officials announced the new services in a formal ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 where a host of elected officials, dignitaries, and members of the community celebrated the beginning of the services.

WSB Radio Airborne Traffic Anchor and Master of Ceremonies Mark McKay welcomed attendees to the Connect Douglas Launch Ceremony held under the Clock Tower at the Douglas County Transportation Center. "This is a historic day for Douglas County," Connect Douglas Director Gary Watson said. "It shows we want to go forward."

McKay said, "It's a great moment for Douglas County to not only connect this county in the west metro but to all of metro Atlanta as we bring this whole region together." Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners acknowledged a number of special invited guests in attendance including Mr. Mike Boyce, Cobb County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners who was in attendance. "Without the help of Chairman Boyce to allow our service to connect with CobbLinc, we could not be able to provide the enhanced opportunities for the public to attend Atlanta Braves Baseball games at SunTrust Park or travel to other destinations in the City of Atlanta," said Chairman Jones.

Chairman Boyce expressed his elation after the ceremony. "I am so excited for Douglas County but more importantly for Dr. Romona Jackson Jones. She's inspirational," Boyce said. "She had a vision and she had the conviction to follow through on it and the people of Douglas County and Cobb County are going to benefit for her efforts. I know Cobb County had a small part to play in its success."

Douglas County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Kelly G. Robinson, who also serves as Chair of the Transportation Committee acknowledged and publicly thanked his former District 3 Commissioner colleague Commissioner Emeritus Mike Mulcare for his contribution to make Connect Douglas a reality. "Yes, there were opposing voices, but this is not a social class issue - it's about options," Commissioner Robinson said. "I recognize what it means to folks such as part-time workers or those with jobs and no car."

On the first day of Connect Douglas Bus services, one passenger had a positive reaction who just moved to Douglas County from Cobb County. Marcia Cannedy said she used to get a ride from a friend who drives, but now says she enjoys the freedom of visiting the senior center on her on. "It's real good because with me not driving, this service gives me a broader outlook on places to go and I don't have to worry about transportation as much," Cannedy said. "I visit the senior center a lot and I like being on my own."

For more information about Connect Douglas transportation services, visit www.ConnectDouglas.com or call 770-949-7665 or email connectdouglas@co.douglas.ga.us.

For media inquiries, feel free to contact, Rick Martin, Director of Communications & Community Relations at rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us.





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