Preliminary Augusta Public Transit study findings need public input

Preliminary findings are in from an ongoing study of how to increase route and system efficiency and better serve riders of Augusta Public Transit.

 

Since the Augusta Commission authorized the study in September, consultants have ridden every APT bus every day of the week, talked to riders and obtained input from key stakeholders about what they need from the system, Transit Director Patrick Stephens said.

Stephens said he expects findings to include recommendations for streamlining routes, realigning routes to improve access to retail locations, adding crosstown routes and simplifying scheduling.

Currently city buses run on both 40-minute and 80-minute schedules, which can be confusing for riders, he said.

The study is looking at the existing system and how to run it more effectively without increasing the cost, Stephens said. Recommendations for items such as Sunday service and increased hours will come later, he said.

APT is now seeking public feedback on the initial findings at two open house events before finalizing the findings.

The open house events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at Jamestown Community Center, 3647 Karleen Road, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Augusta main library branch, 823 Telfair St. For more information, visit www.connectaugusta.com.

While APT doesn’t run service to Jamestown, it does run rural transit there and Stephens said south Augusta ridership is likely critical to any decision making.

“Folks down in south Augusta is a very important part of this equation,” he said.

Reach Susan McCord at (706) 823-3215 or susan.mccord@augustachronicle.com

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