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Our friends at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently announced their inaugural Get on Board promotion. This new national awareness and advocacy day is designed to educate about and increase support for public transportation among riders and non-riders, elected officials and stakeholders across the country.
You know we like to do things a little different in The South. We thought it was such a good idea that Georgia Commute Options will be celebrating Get on Board for an entire week. Starting on Earth Day (April 22) we’ll be encouraging commuters to “Get on Board” and make the switch by trying transit for that entire week.
Having a robust transit network in our region is a huge plus!! Across America, people board transit 34 million times each day. Imagine if those were all cars sharing the road. Beyond the congestion, there are environmental, safety, health and economic benefits to riding transit.
Maybe you’re not swayed by statistics; we encourage you to just try it. We’ve found that even the most reluctant riders tend to change their tune after they’ve at least given it a try. And for those that decide to make a change in their commute and stop driving alone, we’ll reward them with up to $150. Georgia Commute options a whole host of rewards for commuters who choose a clean commute.
The Georgia Commute Options team and our regional partners are also working with select employers and worksites to identify employees who could qualify for a free transit pass to use the week of April 22-26. Ask your employer if they are participating. If the answer is no, maybe you should urge them to contact us at email@example.com.
However you want to participate, let’s make it happen and Get on Board April 22-26.
As part of its mission to “enhance quality of life by facilitating the mobility of people and goods safely and efficiently,” Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) operates commuter express bus, local bus and paratransit services. With 12 lines and 44 buses, GCT makes 755 stops and travels 7,193 miles each weekday. Commuter express bus service operates Monday through Friday and local bus service operates Monday through Saturday, connecting neighborhoods and businesses to Gwinnett County's many cultural, shopping and educational opportunities.
Areas it serves
Commuter express bus service includes five routes using the HOT lane on I-85. Park and ride lots at I-985, Sugarloaf Mills and Indian Trail have been built or upgraded to provide free and convenient parking for bus riders. Local bus service operates six routes and provides routes across Gwinnett County including stops at Sugarloaf Mills, Gwinnett Place, Peachtree Corners, as well as other areas. GCT provides detailed descriptions of express and local routes and maps of the areas the express system and local systems serve.
As one of America’s fastest growing counties, Gwinnett County roads are often congested. GCT allows commuters to get to their destination in a timely and stress-free manor by providing the ability to track your bus in real time on their website or the iOS and Android App. One-way service fares range from $2.50-$5.00, a 10-ride ticket book ranges from $22.50-$45 and a monthly pass ranges from $80-$130. In addition, a Breeze Card can be used, proving commuters with a seamless transition between using MARTA and GCT.
CobbLinc provides local bus service within Cobb County and commuter buses to and from Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. With 14 lines and 56 buses, CobbLinc makes 802 stops and travels 10,327 miles each weekday. With the recently opened Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc riders can benefit from faster trip times and ride in the reversible lanes toll-free.
Areas it Serves
CobbLinc routes connect the most populated areas of Cobb County, including Mableton and Kennesaw. Services operate Monday through Saturday, allowing residents to seamlessly travel throughout Cobb county and into metro Atlanta. Express routes operate to metro Atlanta, connecting with MARTA at the Arts Center station. With several local and express routes, most CobbLinc routes begin and end at the Marietta Transfer Center, and several operate from the Cumberland Boulevard Transfer Center. CobbLinc provides detailed maps and schedules of each of its routes as well as the option to track your bus in real-time.
Cobb county is Georgia’s third most populous county and many residents rely on CobbLinc to get them to and from work and around town for errands and visits with family and friends. CobbLinc offers eight convenient park and ride lot locations as well as FLEX service, an on-demand, curbside bus service that is open to all passengers who schedule through a reservation. Local routes are $2.50 and express routes are $5.00. A Breeze card can also be used, providing commuters with the option to use both CobbLinc or MARTA.
Whether as their sole transit provider or by connecting with one of the region’s other transit services, more than 500,000 commuters rely on the MARTA system every weekday - making MARTA one of the top 10 transportation agencies in the U.S. With the ability to take you to work, to an Atlanta United game, or your favorite restaurant or attraction in metro Atlanta, MARTA’s combined bus and rail network is made up of 110 lines and 437 buses, traveling an average of 97,786 miles each weekday.
Areas it Serves
Is the thought of 110 lines a little overwhelming? Fear not—MARTA is here to make your commute easier. MARTA provides a detailed map for all the routes and rail lines, so you can find your best possible commute and plan your trip. MARTA operates primarily within the metro Atlanta perimeter, in Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb counties. Rails run north, south, east, west and northeast, with the lines connecting at Five Points station in downtown. Bus routes cover and connect every metro Atlanta community.
Not only does MARTA save you the anxiety of sitting in traffic, it also saves you money. A monthly MARTA Breeze card or 30-Day Pass is only $95, compared to the average $965 a month it costs to drive alone. A one-way trip is $2.50, and there are passes for commuters that take multiple trips a day including 1-4, 7, 10, 20 or 30-day passes that provide unlimited rides during the time frames you choose.
With the goal to make interstates safer, cheaper, and more efficient, Xpress provides workers throughout metro Atlanta with reliable service, multi-ride discounts, free park-and-ride lots and free transfers to MARTA. Their buses carry more than 1.8 million passenger trips annually, removing 55 million miles of congestion from the interstate each year. Xpress is operated by The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).
Areas it Serves
Xpress serves 13 metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale through 27 routes. Xpress is also taking advantage of the new, time-saving Northwest Corridor Express Lanes that run 29.7 miles along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. By choosing to ride Xpress, commuters can ride toll-free in the new reversible lanes. With 27 park-and-ride locations, Xpress draws ridership from 44 counties and provides a connection between 3.4 million residents and 375,000 jobs.
Xpress provides workers with reliable, stress-free commutes to and from major employment centers in Downtown, Midtown, and Perimeter Center. The park and ride locations allow commuters in cities that do not have direct access to MARTA, such as Newnan, Dacula and Conyers, to still have a convenient transit option.
Over the next week, the Georgia Commute Options blog will explore metro Atlanta’s transit options as part of our upcoming Try Transit initiative, encouraging commuters to try one of the many transit options around the metro area.
Metro Atlanta has a variety of transit options, but not all commuters have given them a try or even know they exist. We’re encouraging commuters to Try Transit September 17-21 to discover the benefits of riding transit on your way to work. Switching from riding alone to a clean commute option could save you money, reduce stress and even help maximize productivity on your way to work. Plus, with the recent opening of the I-75 Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc and Xpress buses traveling along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties can bypass the traffic of the regular travel lanes. Transit and registered vanpool customers can travel in the lanes toll-free, incentivizing commuters to try clean commute options and reducing the number of cars on the road.
When you drive change in your commute, you’re helping us all breathe easier, and we want to reward you for that change. Eligible commuters who switch to a clean commute option like transit can earn $5 a day – with the ability to earn up to $150 over an assigned 90-day period.
If you aren’t sure which transit option might be right for you, check out our upcoming blog series and follow along as we highlight metro Atlanta transit providers.
Don’t want to wait? Click here to learn about our Try Transit initiative and how you can participate.
Metro Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions with thousands of people moving here from across the country. Between 2016 and 2017, metro Atlanta gained 90,000 new residents, the third highest population increase of a metro area in the country.
While many people are relocating to the area for new job opportunities, other draws include the improved quality of life, favorable cost of living, nice weather and plenty of entertainment and activities.
With over 90,000 additional people making the area their home, increasing metro Atlanta’s population to nearly 5.8 million, how can the region’s infrastructure be improved to accommodate so many people?
Our partner, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advancing our infrastructure with the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). These projects are designed to reduce congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, decrease travel times, improve the movement of freight, provide operational improvements and efficiencies and enhance safety. The 11 mobility projects include four new express lanes systems, three interstate widening projects, three interchange projects and commercial vehicle lanes. For the next ten years, we may see increased construction along Georgia roadways, but Georgia DOT is working for you to improve metro Atlanta and the state’s infrastructure by providing increased travel options, enhanced transit operations and reliable trip times.
The Atlanta Regional Commission also recently approved more than 100 transportation projects aimed at improving roads and highways, enhancing local transit service and expand the regions multi-use trail network. Construction of these projects will begin over the next five years.
With increased construction and more people on the roads, Georgia Commute Options can connect you with a new commute option that can help you avoid that stressful drive alone to and from work. When you try a clean commute option such as riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and/or teleworking you not only avoid traffic, you can earn cash and prizes.
For more information on commute options and our incentive programs, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com.
Everyone has a morning routine. You hit the alarm, brush your teeth, make some toast and you’re out the door.
And then you sit.
You sit in a long line of cars getting to their next stop, thinking about the day ahead and that long, long, long to-do list. The person next to you just spilled coffee on their shirt and the guy in front of you just realized he forgot his anniversary. But what about you?
Georgia Commute Options wants to remind you that even though we all have our morning routines, they can be better. And when you use a commute alternative, you’re already halfway there. Check out our latest video showing the benefits of exploring different commute options, and how trying something different may just help you start your day off with a brand-new attitude.
If you’re ready to experience a more rewarding commute, check out the options that make for a literally more rewarding commute.
Drive Change with Georgia Commute Options.
Getting tired of the same old boring commute to work? Spice your travels up with a landscape of metro Atlanta’s hottest summer art. Taking transit, walking or biking can be a great way to explore the city’s great public art scene.
Here are a few of our favorite art spots:
- Atlanta BeltLine- Take a walk or enjoy a nice bike ride down the BeltLine while exploring the numerous art installations scattered along the 33 mile trail. Be sure not miss Kyle Brook’s Faces of Friends, located under an overpass in Old Fourth Ward- one of our favorites. In need of a bike? Relay Bike Share is a great option for exploring the BeltLine.
- Path 400- Stroll along GA 400 through the heart of Buckhead and brace yourself for a whirlwind of inspiring street art. Check out the new mural series sponsored by Kaiser Permanente that stresses the importance of mental wellness. Hands down, a must see this summer.
- Krog Street Tunnel- If you’re into graffiti, prepare to be awed by the vibrant, ever-changing walls ofthe Krog Street Tunnel. Connecting Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods, Krog Street Tunnel has become one of Atlanta’s coolest spots for street art.
- MARTA Stations- Have your camera ready for two great Instagram spots when riding MARTA. Make a pit stop at the Decatur station and be blown away by the newly restored Larry Connatser murals. But don’t stop there, hop back on the train until you reach the Ashby Station, where you can see Fahamu Pecou’s The People Could Fly. You can also head up to Midtown and see the newest installation from local artist, Andrew Catanese.
Making the change to a clean commute option is easy, and summer is the perfect time to explore all of the incredible art metro Atlanta has to offer. Find a commute option that works for you at www.GACommuteOptions.com.
Are you stuck in a rut? It’s easy to get into a habit of driving alone to and from work each day, even if there are many benefits to making a change. But, by changing your commute habits, you can gain more time and money, while also reducing stress.
Bernie Guzman is a metro Atlanta resident living in Gwinnett County and working in midtown, a 90-mile roundtrip commute from her home. Depending on traffic, Bernie would spend an hour to an hour and 45 minutes getting to or from work each day. The excessive amount of time she spent sitting in traffic in the car and the gas money it cost her led Bernie to try a new commute option. Thanks to Midtown Alliance’s Go Car-Lite program, Bernie began her new commute with transit options in September 2017.
“Rather than sitting in my car or waiting for traffic to die down, I’m more efficient with my time by using a transit option,” says Bernie.
What’s even better in Bernie’s mind? The savings.
“I was spending $150 a month just on toll roads – so that didn’t even include filling up on gas twice a week, which was an extra $35-40 each time. Now I can go an entire week without filling up.”
With the extra savings, Bernie has a standing movie and dinner date with her husband twice a month. And with less stress, Bernie enjoys getting to work unrushed and taking the time to enjoy her coffee before starting the day.
Ready for a lifestyle change with a new commute option? Let us help you find one that works for you: https://bit.ly/1MN7YF3