Changes Proposed for the 4, Paratransit Service

Athens Public Transit invites the public to attend two meetings to discuss proposed changes to the system. Meetings will be held Wednesday June 1 at noon, and Thursday June 2 at 7pm; both meetings will take place at the Athens Public Library conference room, 30 Home Street in Athens, an ADA-accessible location on Line 4.

Two changes to the system will be presented. The first is a rerouting of Line 4, which has suffered from ongoing behind-schedule issues. The proposed rerouting lowers the frequency of the 4 from every half hour to every hour, but extends it across west campus and into the west side neighborhoods, forming more of an east-west line than currently exists. The routing changes include the following:

  • Extension of the line from its current end point at Walmart to terminate at the Market on State;
  • A shift in near east side routing from S Shannon Ave to S May Ave one block east;
  • A western terminus at Central Avenue and 2nd St;
  • A path along the south side of West Green that coordinate with CATS shuttle stops and
  • Line 4 is no longer planned to include a stop at the Baker Center main transfer point, though the 4 will continue to stop in both directions by Grover Center just down the hill.

The second proposed change is a reclassification of APT’s service from demand-responsive to fixed route with comingled complementary ADA paratransit. In APT’s case the ADA paratransit requirement has historically been fulfilled by general public deviation service; the classification change will allow us to more specifically offer deviations to our eligible older and disabled customers, ensuring that schedules are not overwhelmed with convenience deviation requests from the rest of the general public. Patrons shouldn’t notice a difference in service, but the classification change will allow us to serve our public more efficiently as our ridership continues to grow.

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