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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 740-767-1079.
Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl made a proclamation for Earth Day and APT’s free-ride observance of it. Though the day has come and gone, the ideas expressed in the proclamation – “a sustainable environment can be achieved through educational efforts, public policy, meaningful employment, and community advocacy” – still resonate, and help to articulate part of our mission. Full text of the proclamation is available here.
Athens Public Transit is disposing of fleet vehicle 5466, a retired Ford E450/GoshenCoach cutaway diesel bus with 176,823 miles. The sale is being handled by sealed bid – deadline for bid submission is May 20th, and full bidding instructions, including submission address, may be found at http://hapcap.org/surplus. Questions regarding the bus, which is being sold as is, may be directed to the operations manager at 740-592-2727.
Starting Monday 5/4/15, All APT buses will be temporarily relocated to President Street for their main connecting stop. Road work on West Mulberry, Park Pl, and South Court will make the area around Baker Center difficult to navigate for the next several weeks, and water line work on the south side of West Mulberry will close both sidewalk and bus stop.
Passengers normally boarding or alighting at Mulberry@Baker should use the President Street temporary stop by Lindley Hall one block north until work is completed. Court and President by Chubb will also be closed; passengers should simply cross the street to the President/Court corner to catch the bus.
If you will be attending Ohio University’s 2015 Commencement Friday or Saturday, consider taking the bus there. APT has pickup and dropoff on both sides of Richland Avenue next to the Convocation Center, where Commencement is held.
Route 2 arrives from north and east Athens via uptown at :19 past each hour and from south Athens at :27 past; Route 3 arrives at :39 from north/east Athens and from south Athens at :57; Routes 5 and 6 drop off at the top of Richland hill at :25 and :53, respectively; and the Summit shuttle operates all day on a both days on an unscheduled loop, with as many loops as are possible given traffic conditions.
With the high volume of car traffic we will likely experience delays, so check athens.doublemap.com for real-time bus location and arrival estimates if you are unsure of where your bus is.
Click the map below for information on transit stops near area lodging. If you have any questions, give our dispatch a call at 740-592-2727 and we’ll be happy to assist.
You can also ride all of these buses to uptown to celebrate after commencement as well. Best wishes for future success to the 2015 Bobcat graduating class!Route 2 schedule Route 3 schedule Routes 5 and 6 schedule Normal Summit schedule
In honor of Earth Day 2015, APT will be opening the bus system this Wednesday, April 22nd, for a day of free rides. Along with walking and bike riding, taking transit is a low-space, low-carbon way to get around, and its efficiency improves as more people climb aboard. We encourage Athenians to look for ways they can go green when it comes to transport, and tomorrow you can do so at no cost!
The day will start with a press conference at 9am that highlights the links between sustainability and economic health, featuring Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl, Athens County JFS Director Bob Gallagher and HAPCAP Director Doug Stanley. The development of APT’s new Job Access Reverse Commute routes (5 and 6) would have been impossible without these partners. Immediately following the press conference we will be participating in the 11th annual Job Fair at the Athens Community Center, from 10 to 2. This event will feature nearly 90 area employers connecting with job seekers.
In addition to these events, a number of free Earth Day t shirts will be distributed around the system. Whatever your destination, we hope that you hop on the bus tomorrow – and encourage a friend to think about their transportation choices while you’re at it.
International week in Athens concludes with the annual International Street Fair from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, April 18th. Food, music, dance and cultural displays take over uptown Athens!
APT routes will detour around the Street Fair area all day Saturday. You can board the bus at our Mulberry@Baker main stop, or at the Court and West State stop by Dale’s BP Station, but stops at Court & President and Court & Washington will be closed. Southbound stops along Congress Street will remain open. There may be some delays due to rerouted traffic so check on the real-time status of your bus.
As of 11am this morning, floodwaters on both S.R. 682 east of 33 and S.R. 13 have blocked bus access to Chauncey; Route 6 will be detouring down 33 and skipping the entire 682/Chauncey/JFS/13 corridor until further notice. Other portions of the route will be running and on normal schedule.
We apologize sincerely to our 682/Chauncey/13 riders and hope to be back in operation soon; we’ll let you know when the detour is cancelled.