Groome Transportation, a Richmond Va.-based company, acquired EZ-Ride of Augusta on Sunday.
Groome provides transportation between Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Augusta. Groome’s regional director, Kristie Holcombe, said that despite the presence of Augusta Regional Airport there is still high demand for airport shuttles.
Groome increased EZ-Ride’s schedule of six trips on weekdays and five trips on the weekends to 15 daily trips, seven days a week. The first trip leaves Augusta at 2:15 a.m. and the last leaves Atlanta at 12:15 a.m. Groome also decreased fares from $55 to $49, one way.
“We know the Augusta airport is a really great airport, and that was just part of the territory,” she said. “We expect to increase even more.”
Holcombe said the company bought EZ-Ride to expand into the Augusta market. Groome also has offices in Richmond, Va.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Atlanta; Columbus, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; and Auburn, Ala.
The company is hiring to accommodate the expanded schedule, and will hire more in the future as the need for more trips is seen. Holcombe said the company is accepting applications for drivers in its offices at 4389 West Maysfield Drive.