ALERT: Halloween Saturday Detours

On Saturday, October 25, much of Uptown Athens will be closed for the 40th annual Halloween block party. The following outbound/northbound Athens Public Transit stops will be unavailable all day and evening for all City and Summit routes:

  • Richland & W Green Drive at Grover Center northbound (City and Summit)
  • President St Lindley/Bentley Main stop (City and Summit) – City routes use temp stop at College St.
  • Class Gateway (Summit)
  • Court & Washington (City and Summit) – use temp stop at College St.
  • Casa Nueva (Summit)
  • Court & W State (City) – use temp stop at College St.
  • Carpenter & Grosvenor outbound (City) – use stops at Family Dollar or E State & Morris

Our temporary main connecting stop during these closures will be on College St at Washington, by the 1st United Methodist Church and across from the City Parking Garage. A map of all added service and road/stop closures is available. For travel information call 740-592-2727.

As posted previously, our expanded evening service stopping at fairgrounds parking will be running continuously both Friday and Saturday. Click here for complete weekend travel details, including trip planning from hotels. Dress warmly, be safe, look out for your friends and have a great weekend!

APT to Support NAMI Walk the Walk

On Saturday morning, October 18th, the Athens chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding “Walk-the-Walk” for mental health awareness. The Walk starts at 10am with a rally uptown at the Courthouse. Donations are accepted and go to NAMI and The Gathering Place.

APT will be providing a bus to transport walkers at the beginning and end of the Walk. We believe that mental illness awareness and support are vital to the health of our whole community; why not walk with us?

APT to Launch Market Saturdays Free Ride Days this Weekend!

On a Market Saturday, trips to and from the promotional zone, which extends from the Athens Flower Shop out to Holzer Clinic, do not require a fare – all the passenger needs to do is tell the APT bus driver that their destination lies within the promotional zone. Trips originating in the promotional zone will be automatically fare-free.

City and APT officials hope that the promotion will provide Athenians with a measure of relief from the congested driving conditions that typically mark Saturday trips in the E State corridor. Upcoming Market Saturdays are:

  • Saturday 10/18/14
  • Saturday 11/15/14
  • Saturday 12/13/14

Depending on the success of the promotion, the calendar may be extended into 2015. For more information about Market Saturdays, contact Athens Public Transit at 740-592-2727 or send a message to info@athenstransit.org.

Click Here for detailed information and promotional terms and conditions.

2014 Halloween Service Announcement

As in previous years, APT is announcing increased bus service for visitors and locals trying to make it uptown for Halloween weekend October 24th and 25th! Athens’ annual block party, now 40 years old, is the largest celebration of the year; as many as 40,000 revelers visit Court Street the Saturday of the official party, with plenty of eye-opening and creative costumes making the rounds.

Full travel details for this year are located on our 2014 Halloween Service page. Parking around town is extremely difficult Halloween Weekend, so plan ahead. Check back in a week or two for information on street detours for our regularly scheduled bus service.

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Fall 2014 Service Update

Our service map and schedule for this fall has been published; you can download a copy here on the website or get the print version at a variety of places around Athens, including City Hall, Baker Center, Alden Library, the Athens Community Center, Athens Public Library and the Plains Public Library, and the Athens Visitor Center.

While no major changes to service have been made, several updates and alerts are worth noting:

  • Stops on South Green Drive and at the corner of Richland and South Green Drive were removed early last year, but remained in many schedules and maps that were printed – these stops no longer appear in the new information.
  • Route 4 stops on Race St and Stewart St by the South Green Front Four are missing signs at the moment. If in doubt as to the stop location, please flag the bus driver as they pass by waving to them.
  • The Plains hailing zone now extends up Columbus Road as far as the uphill end of Columbus Circle – you can request a pickup by waving to the driver anywhere in this zone.

Last but certainly not least, we want to remind all riders that the Mulberry@Baker Main bus stop is still closed for street construction! Please go to the corner of President and Court (picture below). This temporary main stop will continue to be in effect until November or even December of 2014. Until then, Mulberry@Baker and Court/Chubb Hall stops are CLOSED!

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APT seeks quotes for bus shelters project

Athens Public Transit has released a request for quotations for the purchase, renovation, and siting of bus shelters. Quotes for all portions of the project work are being accepted through Friday, August 29th. Check APT’s Procurement and Contracts page for details and resources about the project.

APT Announces Search for Bus Tracking Solution

Athens Public Transit is seeking a provider for an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, with bus tracking to be available to both our staff and the public. Systems that provide real-time information on vehicle arrivals and other shifting operational data have become a powerful new resource for transit systems and their patrons worldwide, and we are excited for the chance to join this growing trend in the industry. A vendor announcement and request for proposals are available on our procurement page for any providers interested in submitting a proposal.

ALERT: North Court St Closed Tuesday July 8, 7-10am for Rally North America

North Court Street between West State and Carpenter will be closed tomorrow morning, Tuesday July 8th, for a different kind of automotive traffic: Rally North America (http://rallynorthamerica.com) is coming to town! APT will be detouring Routes 2,3 and 5 around the event, which will last approximately three hours, from the beginning of the day to around 10am.

Two bus stops will be temporarily out of service during the closure – North Court at Dale’s BP outbound, and Carpenter at Carpenter Hall outbound. Service to these stops will resume as soon as N Court is reopened.

APT Seeks Full-Time Mechanic

Athens Public Transit is advertising for a full-time bus mechanic. Please see our jobs page for more details.

Summer Road Construction and Detours Update

It’s that time of year: summer construction and road repair is in full swing in Athens, and many APT routes are operating with detours or will be shortly. Here’s a rundown of the detours, closures and delays in effect or upcoming.
  • Boogie on the Bricks.  Saturday, June 21st is the annual Boogie on the Bricks celebration uptown (boogieonthebricks.com).  All Court Street routes are being redirected to College Street.  Routes 2, 3, & 5 will not be able to reach the Court/Washington stop.  Route 4 will not be able to reach the outbound Morton Hall stop.
  • Ongoing: The closure of University Terrace affects Route 4, which was already detoured due to the closure of West Mulberry.  No stops are affected, but delays of 3-6 minutes are routine as the Route 4 bus must start its outbound route via S Green Drive. Reopening of U Terrace is TBD.
  • Ongoing: South Richland Avenue Improvements.  Route 3 is the primary route impacted and may experience periodic delays due to one-lane traffic and/or movement of construction vehicles.
  • Ongoing: APT’s Mulberry@Baker main stop continues to be closed indefinitely until utility tunnel repairs under West Mulberry are complete.
  • Ongoing: Lindley Hall renovations occasionally affect APT’s temporary main stop at President Street.
For up-to-the-minute news on these and other issues impacting bus service, follow APT on Facebook or Twitter;  summer updates are currently going out the fastest on our Facebook page.