Athens Public Transit Introduces a Day Pass

You asked, we listened! Starting this week, Athens Public Transit is pleased to offer an unlimited-ride day pass to our traveling public. Dated day passes are now sold on all APT buses, at a price of $3 General and $1.50 Elderly/Disability. Once issued, the pass gives the person to whom it is issued unlimited trips through the end of the day.

Since a Route 2, 3 or 4 bus arrives every 15 minutes in Uptown Athens and the East State shopping district, we hope that the pass will give passengers running multiple errands new freedom. Day passes will also be an easy and thrifty way for visitors to enjoy local travel. If you are a day pass transit customer in the next few months, please give us some feedback about how it works for you.


Halloween Weekend Service Announced (Updated)

Boo! APT’s page for 2015 Halloween special bus service has posted. Click here for details including late night service that accesses parking, maps showing transit directions from area hotels and motels, and information on local cab services. We will continue to update the page with any new information as the block party on 10/31 approaches.

UPDATE: We’re adding some important information regarding detours the day of the Block Party. On Saturday Routes 2,3,5 & 6 will miss the Court & President, Court & Washington, and Court & West State stops. The Summit loop will pick up/drop off passengers exclusively at the Richland & President stop and Summit on Saturday night.

We’ve also added our 2015 map of the route from Fairgrounds parking:

2015 Halloween Map

ALERT: Homecoming Parade Detours

Saturday morning Oct 10th until 1pm, APT buses will not be able to access the Mulberry Stop, Court & President stop or the West Green Stop due to the Ohio University Homecoming Parade. Routes 5 & 6 will not be able to reach the stops at Factory St or Beasley Mills. Please use our Court & Washington Stop instead for uptown travel and connections. At 1pm we will resume our normal routes.

On The Bus – a special poetry bus design

Athens Public Transit is excited to announce the launch of a pilot project we’re calling “On The Bus”. It takes the work of a local poet Wendy McVicker and wraps one of our vehicles in it, inside and out. A concept of graphic designer Molly Schoenhoff, the project received support from a team of Ohio University students, The Athens Municipal Arts Commission, The Ohio University College of Fine Arts CREATE_space lab, and local vendor Performance Signs. It is our hope that this project will be the first of many that partners transit publicity with local arts, culture and education.

Though you may have spotted the bus out on Athens streets over the past couple weeks, we are gathering today to give it a formal send-off, with a short reading in transit by the poet. If you would like to take part, be at the main bus stop by Baker Center at around 12:15pm this afternoon – the bus departs around 12:30.

DSC_975312115592_10207214169459988_2358245336476028279_n (1)DSC_0243.NEF Photos 1&3 by Misty Thomas-Trout, Photo 2 Steve Patterson.

Job Opening – Mechanic

APT seeks a full-time bus mechanic. For details or to apply, please call 740-592-2727 or visit our service garage at 397 West State St, Athens, Ohio 45701.

ALERT: All APT Routes Have Service Changes August 3rd

2015 Map screen shot

On Monday, August 3rd, many changes to Athens Public Transit service will take effect. We’re excited about these changes and believe they will benefit our customers greatly, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. They do represent both minor and significant changes, so please read about them on our 2015 service changes page. CHECK THE SCHEDULES POSTED, as many stop times will be changed at least slightly. Print schedules will be available next week, and we will be updating our other information sources on a rolling basis.

Free Ride Day to the City Pool July 22nd

It’s free times three! Next Wednesday, July 22nd, The Elks Lodge 973 is sponsoring a free community fun day at the Athens City Pool from noon until 6pm.The event will include free entry to the Pool, free food and drinks, and inflatables. All ages are welcome to attend. HAPCAP’s summer feeding program will also be offering its daily free lunch for kids 18-under at the Community Center from 12:30-1:30; these lunches continue until August 14th.

APT wants to be in on the summer fun – we will be offering unlimited free rides to or from the Community Center/Pool all day, with the last bus stopping at 7:11pm (Route 3). Just tell the driver you’re going to the Community Center stop.

Pool Picture

ALERT: Routes on Richland Avenue will only pick up northbound

Effective Wednesday 7/15/15, Routes 1 and 3 will reverse their one-way travel south on Richland that has been in effect during sidewalk construction. The Richland Avenue construction project’s contractor is now doing sidwalk work on the west side of the street; buses will now only pick up at stops on the east side, northbound. The Carriage Hill stop will continue to be served. This change will be in effect until further notice.

ALERT: Court Street Closed for Brew Week Festivities

Street Closure–Court Street from Washington to Carpenter, & State Street from Congress to College, at 10:00 A.M Saturday through 1:00 A.M. on Sunday.

Due to the closure of Court Street on Saturday July 11th for Ohio Brew Week, there will be temporary route changes: for that day only, we will not be able to access our Court Street stops. We will have pickups at College and Mill for routes 2, 3, 5, & 6. Also, Routes 2, 3, 5 & 6 will pick up at the Carpenter/Grosvenor (Family Dollar) locations. Be sure to wave for the bus to ensure pick-ups. This will be in effect for the entire day. We apologize for any minor inconvenience this may cause, but rest assured that we’ll get you where you need to go!

Drivers Wanted

Join our team of transit drivers! Athens Public Transit is looking for customer service oriented applicants with a clean driving record and a Class B CDL, passenger endorsement. Full time and part time positions are available. Benefit packages include medical insurance, life insurance, 401K, paid holidays and vacation time. Shifts are scheduled Monday thru Saturday.

If you are interested in being part of our team, call the hiring manager directly at 740-592-2727, or fill out the initial information form on our Job Opportunities page.