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.

Earth Day Proclamation

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.

Retired APT bus for sale

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.

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Mulberry@Baker Closed During City Water Line Work

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.

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2015 Commencement Information

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