APT Lines 5 and 6 are a pair of synchronized loops running opposite directions. Depending on where you live, the 5 and 6 work together for you in different ways.
If you live in West Athens near West Union, West State, Central Ave, or University Estates, remember “5 to go, 6 to return”: the 5 will take you uptown and on campus, linking with the rest of the APT network. The 6 will get you back home.
If you live in North Athens near Lancaster, Columbia, upper 2nd St or Columbus Road, remember “6 to go, 5 to return”: The 6 will take you into uptown Athens, on campus, linking with the rest of the APT network. The 5 will get you back home.
If you live in Chauncey or on S.R. 13, Line 6 will take you to all destinations on the loop. Line 5 does not go to Chauncey. Use the 6 to visit the JFS County Home, as well as the Athens Recycling Center and the Dog Shelter.
If you live in The Plains or on southern S.R 682, either line will take you into Athens and back again. The 5 makes two side trips in The Plains, to Evergreen Estates/Hickory Creek and The Plains Elementary. The 6 will take you to Chauncey; getting back to The Plains from Chauncey requires riding the loop through Athens.
Riders on Columbus Road and anywhere outside the Athens City limits do not have to board at a marked bus stop. They can take advantage of our rural hail/flag system by waving the bus down anywhere on its line; the driver will pull over at the nearest safe location.