In partnership with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, APT is excited to announce a new promotion for this holiday season. We’re calling it “Take the Transit to Take it Home for the Holidays”, an offshoot of the Chamber’s traditional Take it Home for the Holidays local shopping campaign. From Black Friday through the Wednesday before Christmas, November 29 – December 18, APT passengers who shop local will be eligible to win a $100-$200 gift card!
Here’s how it will work: at boarding, riders can receive a ticket from the driver. Fill out some basic contact information on the bus, then conduct business at any Chamber member establishment. Drop your ticket in the farebox on your return trip and you’ll be entering a weekly drawing to win a gift card to the participating business of your choice – and with nearly 475 local Chamber members, there will be many choices!
Look for the Chamber logo at participating businesses:
Weekly drawings will be held on December 4th ($100), December 11th ($100), and December 18th ($200 grand prize). Drawings are held and prizes provided by the Chamber of Commerce, and we would like to thank both staff and members for their generosity in sponsoring the event.
APT will be detouring around Court St tomorrow from 9am-11am during the Veterans Day Parade. Routes 2,3 and 5 will be affected; detour routing for these routes will be identical to the routing used during Halloween weekend. See our post dated Oct 25th for a map of those detours: http://www.athenstransit.org/alert-halloween-saturday-route-detours/
The City of Athens and the Athens Uptown Business Association are holding Trick or Treat from 5:30 -7:00 tonight on the block of Court St between Union and Washington Streets. From 5pm to 8pm Routes 2,3 & 5 will be unable to access the Court & Washington bus stop; patrons wanting to board in that area this evening should flag the bus at College and Washington. No other stops are affected. Normal service will resume tomorrow, and this should be the last detour for several weeks.
We’ve just made a map of hotels and motels in Athens with bus stops and times listed that visitors can use to get to Uptown. Check the information out on Facebook here.
Effective for the entire day Saturday, October 26th, APT will be making detours around Uptown to avoid the streets closed for the block party; Routes 2,3 and 5 will be affected. Route 4 will be traveling up Elliot Street rather than Palmer due the temporary eastbound one-way traffic routing on Mill Street.
Outbound stops temporarily closed for the day are: Court & President, Court & Washington, Court & W State, Carpenter & Grosvenor, Palmer & Stimson. Temporary stops will be available at College St & E Washington (by First UM church, across from Parking Garage) and E State & Stimson (next to the Standard Salon.)
In summary, all outbound route legs are affected, all inbound legs are unchanged. A zoomable map of the detours is below. Regular routing will resume Monday.
View 2013 Halloween Saturday Route Detours in a larger map
The map below shows the route of our 2013 Halloween Special; click on features to read labels and get more information.
Buses will arrive at the stops marked 3-5 times an hour on an as-needed basis (no set times). Parking available at the County Fairgrounds on West Union St, making this a great way to safely and conveniently visit the block party if you are traveling in from out of town.
- Friday: 5pm-3am
- Saturday: 3pm-3am
View 2013 Halloween Special Loop in a larger map
The City of Athens and APT are pleased to announce that the traditional special route for Halloween Weekend is being offered again this year. The route will be a loop with stops uptown near the block party at Haning Hall on West Union St, at the corner of Richland and Shafer St by the Convocation Center, and at the County Fairgrounds on West Union, where parking is available. The Halloween special will run Friday Oct 25th from 5 PM to 3 AM and Saturday October 26th (the day of the block party) from 3 PM to 3 AM; Cost is the standard $1 per ride, since our #Free4A11 free ride promotion expires at the end of the 24th. Maps of the route will be posted shortly.
All regular route schedules will be maintained Halloween Weekend, but routing uptown will be altered Saturday afternoon and evening to detour around the Court Street shutdown for the block party. Keep in mind that our regular routes connect most area lodging with uptown!
Our first day of the Free4A11 Monday was a great success with 320 riders, nearly double the total for the same day 2012! Thanks for your support, Athens, and remember that the promotion runs through the end of this week and into next, finishing up at the end of the day Thursday, October 24.
All of us here at APT cannot wait to kick off our first-ever extended free ride event – 11 days of free and open bus service around Athens and The Plains. Starting with Monday, tomorrow morning at 7:15am through the end of Thursday evening October 24th (Homecoming to Halloween) you can take as many bus trips as you want without paying a cent. Jump on board for free while you can – and don’t forget to tell a friend or two.
Just a quick reminder to all our Homecoming Weekend patrons: schedules and routes have returned to normal following the parade.