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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.