Fall 2014 Service Update

Our service map and schedule for this fall has been published; you can download a copy here on the website or get the print version at a variety of places around Athens, including City Hall, Baker Center, Alden Library, the Athens Community Center, Athens Public Library and the Plains Public Library, and the Athens Visitor Center.

While no major changes to service have been made, several updates and alerts are worth noting:

  • Stops on South Green Drive and at the corner of Richland and South Green Drive were removed early last year, but remained in many schedules and maps that were printed – these stops no longer appear in the new information.
  • Route 4 stops on Race St and Stewart St by the South Green Front Four are missing signs at the moment. If in doubt as to the stop location, please flag the bus driver as they pass by waving to them.
  • The Plains hailing zone now extends up Columbus Road as far as the uphill end of Columbus Circle – you can request a pickup by waving to the driver anywhere in this zone.

Last but certainly not least, we want to remind all riders that the Mulberry@Baker Main bus stop is still closed for street construction! Please go to the corner of President and Court (picture below). This temporary main stop will continue to be in effect until November or even December of 2014. Until then, Mulberry@Baker and Court/Chubb Hall stops are CLOSED!


APT seeks quotes for bus shelters project

Athens Public Transit has released a request for quotations for the purchase, renovation, and siting of bus shelters. Quotes for all portions of the project work are being accepted through Friday, August 29th. Check APT’s Procurement and Contracts page for details and resources about the project.

APT Announces Search for Bus Tracking Solution

Athens Public Transit is seeking a provider for an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system, with bus tracking to be available to both our staff and the public. Systems that provide real-time information on vehicle arrivals and other shifting operational data have become a powerful new resource for transit systems and their patrons worldwide, and we are excited for the chance to join this growing trend in the industry. A vendor announcement and request for proposals are available on our procurement page for any providers interested in submitting a proposal.

ALERT: North Court St Closed Tuesday July 8, 7-10am for Rally North America

North Court Street between West State and Carpenter will be closed tomorrow morning, Tuesday July 8th, for a different kind of automotive traffic: Rally North America (http://rallynorthamerica.com) is coming to town! APT will be detouring Routes 2,3 and 5 around the event, which will last approximately three hours, from the beginning of the day to around 10am.

Two bus stops will be temporarily out of service during the closure – North Court at Dale’s BP outbound, and Carpenter at Carpenter Hall outbound. Service to these stops will resume as soon as N Court is reopened.

APT Seeks Full-Time Mechanic

Athens Public Transit is advertising for a full-time bus mechanic. Please see our jobs page for more details.

Summer Road Construction and Detours Update

It’s that time of year: summer construction and road repair is in full swing in Athens, and many APT routes are operating with detours or will be shortly. Here’s a rundown of the detours, closures and delays in effect or upcoming.
  • Boogie on the Bricks.  Saturday, June 21st is the annual Boogie on the Bricks celebration uptown (boogieonthebricks.com).  All Court Street routes are being redirected to College Street.  Routes 2, 3, & 5 will not be able to reach the Court/Washington stop.  Route 4 will not be able to reach the outbound Morton Hall stop.
  • Ongoing: The closure of University Terrace affects Route 4, which was already detoured due to the closure of West Mulberry.  No stops are affected, but delays of 3-6 minutes are routine as the Route 4 bus must start its outbound route via S Green Drive. Reopening of U Terrace is TBD.
  • Ongoing: South Richland Avenue Improvements.  Route 3 is the primary route impacted and may experience periodic delays due to one-lane traffic and/or movement of construction vehicles.
  • Ongoing: APT’s Mulberry@Baker main stop continues to be closed indefinitely until utility tunnel repairs under West Mulberry are complete.
  • Ongoing: Lindley Hall renovations occasionally affect APT’s temporary main stop at President Street.
For up-to-the-minute news on these and other issues impacting bus service, follow APT on Facebook or Twitter;  summer updates are currently going out the fastest on our Facebook page.

APT Welcomes OACAA Conference Participants

Today Athens Public Transit has the pleasure of welcoming members of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies to our community for a four-day summer conference at Baker University Center and The Ohio University Inn.

Community Action Agencies like APT’s managing partner HAPCAP were founded as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s sweeping antipoverty programs, and the mission of Ohio’s 50 agencies is to “alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in their communities.” Athens was chosen as the site of this year’s OACAA Conference, a fitting location given that the town was a whistle-stop in LBJ’s 1964 tour taking inventory of high need areas.

During the conference APT will be providing extra buses on Route 3 to help serve the many conference attendees traveling that corridor; if you see Route 2/3 arrivals at different times than those normally published, this may be the explanation, though we are also experiencing southside road construction delays. When in doubt, call 740-592-2727!

ODOT Public Meeting on East State Street Overhaul

On Thursday, May 8th, there will be a public meeting at the Athens Community Center from 3:00pm to 6:00pm to discuss major Ohio Department of Transportation infrastructure improvements to East State Street between Home Street (Bob Evans) and the Entrance to Walmart. The primary purpose of the project is congestion mitigation and safety improvements to the E State/Rt. 33 interchange, but changes to many other roadway features are being contemplated as well.

As the design of this project will shape the E State corridor for years to come with impacts on pedestrians, bike riders, transit users and motorists, we encourage all interested citizens to come dialogue with ODOT and City representatives to gain a better understanding of the project and ensure that the needs of all users are well represented. Be part of the public process!

Commencement 2014 Information

If you will be attending Ohio University’s 2014 Commencement tomorrow or Saturday, consider taking the bus there. APT has pickup and drop-off 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; and the Summit shuttle operates all day on a both days on an unscheduled loop, with as many runs as are possible given traffic conditions – given the high volume of car traffic we will likely experience delays, so call 740-592-2727 if you are unsure of where your bus is.

You can also ride all these buses to uptown to celebrate with family and friends as well. Best wishes for future success to the 2014 Bobcat graduating class!

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ALERT: Route Detours During International Street Fair Saturday

On Saturday, April 19th, Court Street between Union and West State will be closed for the 2014 International Street Fair, the concluding event in Ohio University’s International Week. The Street Fair runs from 11am-5pm and features food, crafts and performance from around the world.

In response to the road closure, APT will reroute our outbound routes 2,3, and 5. The Court and Washington bus stop by the Presbyterian Church (across from People’s Bank) will be closed all day Saturday. This is the only stop affected. There will be a temporary stop marked a block over at the intersection of College St and Washington, next to the Methodist Church. We heartily encourage attendees to take the bus to reduce traffic congestion uptown. Enjoy the Street Fair!