Two Athens Public Transit vehicles up for disposal

HAPCAP is disposing of multiple vehicles by sealed bid. Among them are two retired Athens Public Transit buses.

Bids must be received by 4:00pm on December 12th, 2016. For full details, please visit http://hapcap.org/surplus

Request for Quotes – Bus shelters, benches and trash cans

APT is purchasing some shelters and street furniture – if you are a vendor who would like to submit a quote on this project, please go to our Procurement and Contracts page for more details. Quotes are due by the end of business Monday, 11/14/16.

2016 Halloween Block Party Weekend Service

UPDATED 10/27/16! As in previous years, APT is announcing increased bus service for visitors and locals trying to make it uptown for Halloween weekend October 28th and 29th.

Full travel details for this year are located on our 2016 Halloween Service page, which includes detours to our regular service as well as special service from satellite parking all of Friday and Saturday nights. Parking around town is extremely difficult Halloween Weekend, so plan ahead!

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ALERT: Homecoming Parade Service Outage

On Saturday, October 8th, the Ohio University Homecoming Parade will close most of Uptown Athens and Campus to vehicle traffic. From start of service until around 1:00pm, no APT lines will be able to access these areas, including the Baker Center Bus Hub on West Mulberry St.

APT encourages passengers to postpone their normal weekend transit travel plans until after 1pm, as arrival times throughout our service area will not bear any relationship to the published schedule. For those who must travel during the parade window, a temporary transfer hub will be located in front of the Athens Middle School on W State St; buses will not exchange passengers on the normal timed schedule.

We are opening the entire service area to roadside hailing during the detour period, and encourage you to track your bus on Doublemap to figure out when it will arrive. Parade-goers who park at the Athens County Fairgrounds can walk a block to the southeast corner of Shafer and Union and catch any APT line to go uptown.

The following is a list of stops closed by bus line.

Lines 2 and 3 will be unable to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
  • Congress/Washington
  • Richland/President
  • Richland/W Green Drive, both directions.
Line 3 will resume regular service at 1pm; Line 2 will resume regular service at 1:30pm.

Line 4 will not be able to reach the following stops:

Eastbound:

  • Shafer/W Union
  • W Green Drive – Central Food
  • W Green Drive – Stocker Center
  • W Green/Richland
  • S Green Drive /University Terrace
  • Race Street – Morton Hall
  • Stewart Street – Front Four
  • Stewart/E Union
  • Stewart/Mill

Westbound:

  • Mill/Stewart
  • Stewart/E Union
  • Stewart Street – Front Four
  • Race Street – Morton Hall
  • University Terrace/S Green Drive
  • West Green/Richland
  • West Green/Stocker
  • West Green/Central Food

Beginning at 12:45pm the 4 eastbound will follow its regular route. However, due to regular home football gameday detours, westbound stops at W Green/Richland, W Green/Stocker, and W Green/Central Food will remain closed for the entire service day (see Fall Football Gamedays for details.

Line 5 will not be able to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Shafer/W Union
  • W Union/Factory
  • W Union/Beasley Mill
  • Richland/President
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
Line 5 will resume regular service at 1:30pm.

Line 6 will not be able to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
  • Congress/Washington
  • W Union/Beasley Mills
  • W Union/WUSOC
  • W Union/Shafer
  • Carpenter/Mound
  • Richland/President
Line 6 will resume regular service at 1:00pm.

Students can win when they #RidewithRufus

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Mark your calendars, students! Ohio University is sponsoring a Bobcat Pass event on APT, and you could win a $50 gift card! The following details on #RidewithRufus originally appeared in Ohio University Compass:

“On Thursday, Sept. 15, Ohio University students will have the opportunity to ride Athens Public Transit routes with Rufus using their student ID – and potentially win one of five $50 Visa gift cards!

To enter the social media contest, students should use their University ID to ride any Athens Public Transit route on Thursday, Sept. 15 and post a selfie on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RidewithRufus. Winners will be randomly selected from all #RidewithRufus posts, so students should ensure their account is set to public.

Rufus will be riding routes all day and he’ll be looking out for fellow Bobcats!

Five winners will be notified via direct message from the official Ohio University Twitter or Instagram account. Winners will each receive one $50 Visa gift card. Instructions for claiming their prize will be included in the direct message.”

Bobcat Pass is a yearlong pilot program offering free APT bus service to students, faculty, and staff. In August, Bobcats rode the bus over 9,000 times; your first ride could be one to remember if you enter to win on the 15th.

Fall Football Gameday Details

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It’s football season at Ohio University! The Bobcats take on Texas State in their home opener tomorrow, with kickoff at 3:30pm.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL BE VALID FOR ALL HOME FOOTBALL GAMEDAYS

BUS SERVICE

You can use all APT bus lines to get to Peden Stadium and catch the action. Service is FREE for OU ID holders through the Bobcat Pass program.

  • FROM RIDGES RV PARKING: The University CATS shuttle is available as your primary link, but APT Line 2 also stops next to Lin Hall/Kennedy Museum and the Mailroom at 1:10, 2:10, 3:10 and 4:10 and 5:10. For more campus parking and shuttle information visit university Parking Services.
  • FROM FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: The 5 will pick up directly across the street from the Fairgrounds parking area at Seaman’s Grocery at 1:18, 2:18, 3:18, 4:18 and 5:18. The 4 will return you from Ping Center at :36 past the hour to the intersection of Shafer and Union after the game.
  • FROM EAST ATHENS: The 2 & 3 from the Far East Side and E State Street both stop across from Grover Center (Richland and West Green Drive) a block from the stadium, at :09 and :39 past each hour; the 4 through the Near East Side/Mill St neighborhoods stops at Ping Center on South Green Drive at :36. Returning, the 3 stops at Grover at :56, the 4 at Ping at :54.
  • FROM WEST ATHENS: The 4 goes from the far West Side on 2nd Street to a dropoff at Grover Center or at the Ping Center at :56 each hour. Return trip pickup is at the Ping Center at :36 each hour.
  • FROM SOUTH ATHENS: The 3 goes up Richland Avenue, stopping at Grover Center at :56 past each hour. It stops there headed back south at :39 past.

DETOURS AND DELAYS

OUPD is closing South Green Drive in front of the stadium all day. The only APT line impacted is the 4, which will miss the westbound Richland and West Green Drive, West Green Stocker and Central Food Building stops; companion stops eastbound towards the stadium will remain open. Gameday traffic is very heavy on south campus, so all APT buses may experience some delay. Use the free app at athenstransit.org/tracker to check where your bus is and its estimated arrival time.

APT to pilot later evening hours to 10pm starting August 15th

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service, Athens Public Transit is pleased to announce a fall pilot of later service hours on two bus lines: the 3 and the 4. These two lines cover most of Athens City and will run up to the 10pm hour six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

The 3’s last stop of the day will be at 9:56pm, while the 4 will make its last stop at 9:45pm. The start date for the new schedule is Monday, August 15, and the pilot will run all fall. A public hearing will be held in September to assess the initial effectiveness of the evening hours and take public comment on whether they should be continued after the end of the calendar year.

APT is making small revisions to all schedules as part of this schedule change, so check back for updated information in the next week. Many times at bus stops will shift by a minute or two to more accurately align with average times shown in historical tracking data.

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UPDATE! As of 8/3/16, all new schedules starting 8/15 have been posted here on the website. Please take a few minutes to check whether the scheduled departure time at your bus stop has changed or not.

July 1 – New Line 4, Bobcat Pass, System-wide Free Day

Athens Public Transit starts another wave of new development next month! The year-round Bobcat Pass program will make APT service free for Ohio University students, faculty and staff, while Line 4 will follow a new longer path and hourly schedule across campus between the West Side and the Market on State.

To celebrate these changes and ease the transition, we are holding a system-wide free day July 1st. Try out your new Bobcat Pass privileges for the first time using your university ID, or enjoy a fare-free day of travel to summer fun at the City Pool, the Athens Library, or a variety of other destinations if you are a community member not affilated with OU.

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Changes Proposed for the 4, Paratransit Service

Athens Public Transit invites the public to attend two meetings to discuss proposed changes to the system. Meetings will be held Wednesday June 1 at noon, and Thursday June 2 at 7pm; both meetings will take place at the Athens Public Library conference room, 30 Home Street in Athens, an ADA-accessible location on Line 4.

Two changes to the system will be presented. The first is a rerouting of Line 4, which has suffered from ongoing behind-schedule issues. The proposed rerouting lowers the frequency of the 4 from every half hour to every hour, but extends it across west campus and into the west side neighborhoods, forming more of an east-west line than currently exists. The routing changes include the following:

  • Extension of the line from its current end point at Walmart to terminate at the Market on State;
  • A shift in near east side routing from S Shannon Ave to S May Ave one block east;
  • A western terminus at Central Avenue and 2nd St;
  • A path along the south side of West Green that coordinate with CATS shuttle stops and
  • Line 4 is no longer planned to include a stop at the Baker Center main transfer point, though the 4 will continue to stop in both directions by Grover Center just down the hill.

The second proposed change is a reclassification of APT’s service from demand-responsive to fixed route with comingled complementary ADA paratransit. In APT’s case the ADA paratransit requirement has historically been fulfilled by general public deviation service; the classification change will allow us to more specifically offer deviations to our eligible older and disabled customers, ensuring that schedules are not overwhelmed with convenience deviation requests from the rest of the general public. Patrons shouldn’t notice a difference in service, but the classification change will allow us to serve our public more efficiently as our ridership continues to grow.

Ohio University ID pass pilot announced

Athens Public Transit is thrilled to confirm our involvement in a pilot program for members of the Ohio University community that will offer unlimited trips on all numbered APT routes. According to the release issued jointly by the City and University yesterday:

“Access to public transportation on campus and throughout Athens County is about to be improved for all Athens-based students and employees with a valid Ohio University identification card. Today, City of Athens Mayor Steve Patterson and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced a pilot partnership that will allow the Ohio University ID to serve as a fare card for unlimited travel on the Athens Public Transit (APT) system beginning July 1, 2016. The Bobcat Pass pilot program is intended to significantly increase access to a large population within Athens County. The pilot phase will last one year and will be funded by Ohio University’s Transportation and Parking Department.”

The complete announcement with more detail about the program is available from City of Athens and Ohio University news outlets:

APT would like to thank both our partners and the management teams at HAPCAP and McDonald Transit for their work in making this major step in local transit development possible. Further details will be released as the pilot start date approaches.