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Douglasville, GA - The Douglas County Board of Commissioners' new Connect Douglas fixed route and paratransit bus services began operating recently. Douglas County government has been providing an on-going comprehensive advertising and marketing campaign to help local residents and visitors become familiar with these new transportation options.
Connect Douglas is taking two additional steps to get the word out. An informational tour of one or all four bus routes is available to any business, non-profit, governmental, school or social services agency. Also, travel training sessions are now available.
"These tours provide a great opportunity to see how the Connect Douglas bus service works and the locations and areas it serves," Connect Douglas Director Gary Watson said. "Having viewed the routes in person, administrators, human resource representatives and transportation coordinators can go back to their employees and explain to them what a great transportation resource Connect Douglas can be."
Travel training involves a complete "how to" session on how to use Connect Douglas bus service.
Topics in these classes include:
Also, participants in a travel training class will be treated to a ride on a Connect Douglas bus, thus getting the "hands-on" experience of paying for, boarding and transferring from one Connect Douglas bus to another.
Watson explained that a tour of one or more of the routes is just that, with informal responses to participants during the ride. The travel training involves a more formal classroom setting, followed by a ride on a bus.
"Connect Douglas bus service is a great asset for individuals and families who have transportation challenges such as not having a vehicle, having only one vehicle, no longer being able to drive, not having family or friends to serve as a chauffeur, or having multiple family members who need to be in different locations at the same time" Watson said. "It is also a great way for visitors to the county to get from one place to another, or simply go on a local sight-seeing tour."
Any group wanting to arrange just a tour of one or all four routes should contact Jemal Sheppard, Connect Douglas Transit Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for a travel training session should be addressed to Jessica Hundley, Mobility Programs Assistant, at email@example.com.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) is preparing internally and working with our partners, including the local governments, healthcare organizations, businesses, first responders, and local school districts to ensure our community is prepared for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
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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.