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Douglasville, GA - The new Connect Douglas fixed route and paratransit bus service experienced a good first week since its official launch date on June 20, 2019. According to Connect Douglas Director Gary Watson, ridership was steady, particularly on routes 10 and 20 which serve the Highway 5, Chapel Hill Road, Douglas Boulevard, Hospital Drive and downtown Douglasville areas. Route 10 has been averaging 23 boardings per day and Route 20 has averaged 16 boardings per day.
The numbers aren't quite as strong for Route 30, which serves Thornton Road south of I-20 and Riverside Parkway. It has averaged 11 boardings per day.
Route 40, which is the connector route from Douglasville to Cobb LINC and Route 30, has averaged 11 boardings per day.
Watson said, "Certainly we would have liked to have had more ridership, but all in all, those aren't bad numbers. We expect the numbers will improve as people try our service and tell their friends, families and neighbors about it."
Through June 26, Connect Douglas staff has processed 70 reduced fare applications, 10 student applications, and 12 applications for ADA paratransit service.
Watson reminded local residents that everyone rides free on Connect Douglas through Saturday, July 6. He also wanted to point out that Route 40 is a great transportation option for individuals who work at Six Flags Over Georgia or want to visit the park for a day.
"Our two biggest glitches have been some buses not running on time and drivers failing to pick riders at our designated stops and other locations along the routes," Watson said. "I assure the public that we are working feverishly to correct these issues and are in constant contact with the company that is operating our service. We ask for the public's patience as we work out these kinks." Watson said Connect Douglas is also working to improve telephone prompts that direct callers to the proper staff members for information and to schedule paratransit trips.
"With the fixed route service being a new start-up, some glitches were to be expected," Watson said. "Despite the issues we have encountered, we continue to get many inquiries about the bus service and the need and interest is there." Watson said, "We remain committed to providing an economical, efficient and on-time service that increases the mobility options for all residents of Douglas County."
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Joint Planning and Zoning Board/ Board of Commissioners Hearing
June 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Due to the current closure of the Douglas County Courthouse, the meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams. Public comment will be accepted on any of the applications. For more information or to make comments for the public hearing, contact Johannah Womack, Clerk of the Planning and Zoning Board.
Douglas County Planning and Zoning
8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville GA 30134
Email Johannah Womack
The meeting will be livestreamed through Douglas County DCTV23, and can be accessed via the Douglas County website, Douglas County Facebook Happenings, or your local cable channel.
LIBERTY ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE
GDOT will be closing the Liberty Road bridge over I-20 beginning June 1st to do improvements to the bridge. The bridge work will be similar to the work GDOT performed at Post Road and several other locations along I-20. GDOT anticipates the bridge will be closed for 45 days.
The detour route will be as follows:
Vehicles on Liberty Road headed north to points north of I-20, will be directed to take I-20 east to Post Road, turn left on Post Road, cross over the bridge there and take I-20 west back to the Liberty Road/Mirror Lake Blvd interchange. They can then exit at the westbound ramp at that interchange and turn right to continue northbound on Mirror Lake Blvd.
Similarly, vehicles traveling southbound on Liberty Road to areas south of I-20 will be directed to take I-20 west to SR 61, take the westbound exit ramp, turn left on SR 61 and cross over the bridge at that location, then take I-20 east back to Liberty Road and exit at the Liberty Road interchange then turn right to proceed southbound on Liberty Road.