ALERT: All APT Routes Have Service Changes August 3rd

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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.

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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.

ALERT: APT to close Saturday for Independence Day

All APT routes will be closed Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. City of Athens offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance; buses will be running as usual on the 3rd. Have a fantastic fourth!

Free Rides for Dump the Pump Day

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This Thursday, June 18th, APT will be participating in the 10th annual Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transit Association. According to the April APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,394 annually by downsizing to one car.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every dollar invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

APT will be offering free rides across the system to mark the occasion – if you’ve never ridden public transit before, this is a great opportunity to discover how it might work for you!

APT to return to Main Stop at Mulberry Thursday 6/4/15

Tomorrow morning APT’s connecting stop will move a block south from its temporary home on President Street back to the normal location, Mulberry@Baker. This concludes a relocation lasting approximately one month during City utility work under and around West Mulberry.

APT closed in observance of Memorial Day

Service on all routes is suspended for Monday May 25, Memorial Day. Regular service will resume Tuesday.

Routing Changes Proposed for Athens Public Transit

As part of our annual planning process, APT has a proposal pending to restructure and improve route service starting in July 2015. A public hearing has been scheduled for 5pm on Thursday, June 4th at the Athens Public Library small conference room, an ADA-accessible location.

Changes proposed include the following:

  • Replace Route 1 with extended-hours Route 2 and Route 3 service in the mornings. Ridership on Route 1 has consistently underperformed when compared to other system routes, and the extension of the longer-distance 2 and 3 service will allow Routes 5 and 6 to connect to starting-hours for jobs in the far E State Corridor and connect patients with early-morning medical appointments to Holzer Clinic.
  • Extend Route 3 down South Richland Avenue and out to Andover Road, the present terminus of Route 4. This change is feasible given current layovers on 3 and improved road conditions on Richland Avenue following construction.
  • Shorten Route 4 to run between uptown/campus and the E State shopping district, improving its frequency from every hour to every half hour.
  • Make minor adjustments to stop times across the system based on one quarter’s arrival data aggregated and averaged from the DoubleMap tracker.

The map below shows a summary of the geographic changes to Routes 3 and 4. Feedback from the general public on the impact of these changes is welcomed, and can given in person at the hearing, via email to info@athenstransit.org or by calling 740-767-1079.