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Back to School – Bobcat Pass, Construction, and more


It’s that time of year again – Athens population is once again on the upswing as both K-12 schools and Ohio University get ready to reopen.  If you’ve been away this summer or are new to the area, here are a few important pieces of transit news.

Bobcat Pass is Back

The one-year pilot of Bobcat Pass expired June 30th, but Ohio University has renewed their contract with APT. Members of the university community, including students, faculty, staff and emeritii, can continue riding the bus free with their university ID card.

Expect Delays

Repaving work will soon begin on E State St east of the 33 interchange and may continue throughout the fall. Already work on entrance and exit ramps in the interchange is starting to reduce traffic to one lane. Congestion will directly affect Lines 2,3, and 4, but even Lines 5 and 6 will be impacted – if a line delay is longer than 10 minutes, APT will not attempt to hold other lines for the normal timed transfer. We apologize in advance for the longer travel times, but are confident that a fully redeveloped E State is well worth some short-term inconvenience!

Free Days for the City Pool Send-Off

On Friday 8/25, the City of Athens will say farewell to the old City Pool with a free admission pool day, 9am-4pm. APT is supporting this event with free bus service systemwide both the 25th and Saturday August 26th. Besides the fun of taking one last dip in the pool, this is a great chance for people new to town to try out the bus for any trip purpose.

 

Free Rides Friday, July 21

The City of Athens is excited to announce that this Friday, July 21st, all Athens Public Transit Lines will be free for everyone!

You are invited use the bus system to travel to your favorite destinations this Friday. Whether you will be staying cool at the Athena Grand movie theater, visiting the Athens City Pool, biking on the Hockhocking Adena bike path, or enjoying the tasty brews at Ohio Brew Week- try out APT, for free!

  • All line schedules and routes are on the APT website at: http://www.athenstransit.org/full-map-and-schedule/.
  • The Athens County Mobility Coordinator, Jessie Schmitzer​, is available to help you or your organization plan your trips, read schedules or provide other travel training; contact her at 740-594-8499 or jessie.schmitzer@hapcap.org.
  • Vehicle location technology is available for you to see exactly where your bus is using your smart phone or your desktop computer. Check out the athenstransit.org/tracker for more details.
  • Trip planning is available on the website athenstransit.org/trip-planner using origin and destination addresses to help you plan what route is best for your trip.
  • All vehicles are ADA accessible and can also transport bicycles.

With expanded evening hours, routes through Athens, The Plains and Chauncey, and marked stop locations, riding Athens Public Transit has never been easier.

Free Rides for Dump The Pump 6/15

June 15th marks the 12th annual National Dump the Pump day! Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2017 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to take them where they need to go instead of driving a car.

The City’s Athens Public Transit program has seen a significant growth in ridership over the last several years after a focused effort was made on improving routes, marketing the system, and developing partnerships with local organizations including Ohio University. The system has progressed from providing 62,887 rides in 2011 to a projected 400,000 this year – a 536% increase!

National Dump the Pump day is a way to say thank you to our riders and to offer an opportunity for residents of our community to try out public transit. The City of Athens is excited to be a part of this special day by encouraging residents of the area to “Dump the Pump” and to ride public transit, ride their bike, walk or carpool to where they need to go.

The full press release and flyer can be downloaded here:

What to expect for 2017 Commencement Weekend


As Ohio University’s school year comes to a close, Commencement is right around the corner! We at APT extend our heartfelt congratulations to graduating Bobcats and their families – in this proud moment we hope that you can look back fondly on your time in Athens.

Traffic and parking can be challenging to navigate during commencement, but transit is here to help. In addition to University CATS shuttles running regular loops during Friday Graduate Commencement and providing special service during Saturday Undergraduate Commencement, APT will offer hourly service Friday and Saturday, with stops near most University lots on Line 4 and service to and from from Fairgrounds parking on Lines 5 and 6. The Summit loop will pick up across from the City Parking Garage uptown every 10 to 20 minutes.

Due to heavy traffic, expect delays both days on all bus lines. You can track the real-time status of any CATS or APT bus using aptcats.doublemap.com.

A list of open and closed University lots is available at Parking Services.

Detours during the 2017 International Street Fair

Cherry Blossoms

International week in Athens concludes with the annual International Street Fair Saturday, April 15th. An array of cultures from around the world will gather together on Court Street from 11am to 4pm; student organizations will have food, music and kids events, making this a family-friendly celebration of our diverse community.

APT bus lines normally on Court (2,3,5,6 and Summit) will detour around the Street Fair area Saturday until 5pm. During that time you can board buses at our Baker Center 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.

Quotations Sought for Bus Stop Improvements

Athens Public Transit is seeking responsive contractors to make ADA pavement improvements and install transit shelters, benches, and signage at selected APT bus stops. Quotes should be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017.

All equipment to be installed has been purchased and will be supplied by APT. The statement of work with site locations and pavement and equipment specifications is at http://www.athenstransit.org/procurement.

Two Athens Public Transit vehicles up for disposal

HAPCAP is disposing of multiple vehicles by sealed bid. Among them are two retired Athens Public Transit buses.

Bids must be received by 4:00pm on December 12th, 2016. For full details, please visit http://hapcap.org/surplus

Request for Quotes – Bus shelters, benches and trash cans

APT is purchasing some shelters and street furniture – if you are a vendor who would like to submit a quote on this project, please go to our Procurement and Contracts page for more details. Quotes are due by the end of business Monday, 11/14/16.

2016 Halloween Block Party Weekend Service

UPDATED 10/27/16! As in previous years, APT is announcing increased bus service for visitors and locals trying to make it uptown for Halloween weekend October 28th and 29th.

Full travel details for this year are located on our 2016 Halloween Service page, which includes detours to our regular service as well as special service from satellite parking all of Friday and Saturday nights. Parking around town is extremely difficult Halloween Weekend, so plan ahead!

Quick Links:

ALERT: Homecoming Parade Service Outage

On Saturday, October 8th, the Ohio University Homecoming Parade will close most of Uptown Athens and Campus to vehicle traffic. From start of service until around 1:00pm, no APT lines will be able to access these areas, including the Baker Center Bus Hub on West Mulberry St.

APT encourages passengers to postpone their normal weekend transit travel plans until after 1pm, as arrival times throughout our service area will not bear any relationship to the published schedule. For those who must travel during the parade window, a temporary transfer hub will be located in front of the Athens Middle School on W State St; buses will not exchange passengers on the normal timed schedule.

We are opening the entire service area to roadside hailing during the detour period, and encourage you to track your bus on Doublemap to figure out when it will arrive. Parade-goers who park at the Athens County Fairgrounds can walk a block to the southeast corner of Shafer and Union and catch any APT line to go uptown.

The following is a list of stops closed by bus line.

Lines 2 and 3 will be unable to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
  • Congress/Washington
  • Richland/President
  • Richland/W Green Drive, both directions.
Line 3 will resume regular service at 1pm; Line 2 will resume regular service at 1:30pm.

Line 4 will not be able to reach the following stops:

Eastbound:

  • Shafer/W Union
  • W Green Drive – Central Food
  • W Green Drive – Stocker Center
  • W Green/Richland
  • S Green Drive /University Terrace
  • Race Street – Morton Hall
  • Stewart Street – Front Four
  • Stewart/E Union
  • Stewart/Mill

Westbound:

  • Mill/Stewart
  • Stewart/E Union
  • Stewart Street – Front Four
  • Race Street – Morton Hall
  • University Terrace/S Green Drive
  • West Green/Richland
  • West Green/Stocker
  • West Green/Central Food

Beginning at 12:45pm the 4 eastbound will follow its regular route. However, due to regular home football gameday detours, westbound stops at W Green/Richland, W Green/Stocker, and W Green/Central Food will remain closed for the entire service day (see Fall Football Gamedays for details.

Line 5 will not be able to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Shafer/W Union
  • W Union/Factory
  • W Union/Beasley Mill
  • Richland/President
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
Line 5 will resume regular service at 1:30pm.

Line 6 will not be able to reach the following stops:

  • Baker Center Bus Hub
  • Court/President
  • Court/Washington
  • Congress/Washington
  • W Union/Beasley Mills
  • W Union/WUSOC
  • W Union/Shafer
  • Carpenter/Mound
  • Richland/President
Line 6 will resume regular service at 1:00pm.