Augusta Public Transit

Augusta Public Transit is the primary public transportation provider in the CSRA. In addition to fixed routes, the service provides ADA-compliant para-transit services and operates the Richmond Rural Transit service.

A fare increase in February of 2009, coupled with concerns about declining revenue and consideration of reduced service have made Augusta Public Transit a hot topic among area residents. A scam where hotel cards were used to obtain free travel only fueled the fire. Many area residents are concerned about paying to subsidize a service that loses $1.8 million a year, while others fear they will lose access to the transportation services they need to go to work, school and shop for essentials.

Previously managed by the city, efforts to contract out management of the bus service to a private company have met with mixed results. 

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Few riders on Fort Gordon pilot bus service

After years of city leaders pushing for bus service to Fort Gordon, few riders are taking advantage of the route that's running as a pilot program.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Fort Gordon bus route begins service

Augusta's newest bus route began service Monday, rolling down Wrightsboro Road and Gordon Highway to create a connection to Fort Gordon.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Fort Gordon bus route starts Monday

A new bus route between Fort Gordon and the Augusta Mall and Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road begins Monday.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

How's their driving? Many call to say

Since August 2013, the month McDonald Transit took over the city's bus service, riders have reported 101 'valid' complaints to Augusta's 311 hotline.
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Transit committee has first meeting

Enthusiastic members of the first Augusta Public Transit Citizens' Advisory Committee expressed hopes for the beleaguered service and elected officers at a first full meeting Thursday.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Fort Gordon bus route proposed

The Augusta Commission on Tuesday heard a three-phase approach to public transit that would create an hourlong, Monday-through-Saturday route that will connect Fort Gordon to Augusta Mall. It ...
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Riders upset about Monday bus shutdown

The city's addition of Veterans Day as a holiday - and the elimination of bus service Monday - isn't sitting well with Augusta Bus Riders Association.
By Susan McCord | Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

New bus manager ready to roll

Quentarus "QT" Brown is fresh off a job as a transportation manager for George Washington University, but said he's ready to put down roots in Augusta as the new general manager for McDonald Transit.
By Susan McCord | Sunday, Aug 11, 2013

New transit company starts Thursday

McDonald Transit, hired by the Augusta Commission in a 6-4 vote July 16, assumes management of the city's bus, paratransit and rural transit at an annual contract price of $4.3 million its first year.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Judge denies Mobility request to stop city action

U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall denied Mobility's request for an emergency injunction stopping the city from hiring a replacement bus provider.
By Susan McCord | Monday, July 1, 2013

Commission to discuss new bus operator

City Administrator Fred Russell plans to recommend Thursday that Augusta hire McDonald Transit of Fort Worth, Texas, to run the city bus service.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Transit firm files suit against city

Mobility Transit has filed suit in federal court alleging Augusta broke its procurement code and state open meeting laws when it terminated the bus company's contract.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Commission raises pay of sheriff, solicitor-general

Augusta commission members voted 6-4 Tuesday to increase the pay of Richmond County's new sheriff and solicitor-general.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

No action taken on transit expansion

At a special called meeting to discuss a "request for proposals" to expand the public transit service, commissioners decided to revisit a 2009 transit study before moving forward.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Commission rejects transit chief nominee

The man put forth by Mobility Transit to be general manager of Augusta's bus service had been fired in Miami for financial mismanagement of the city's transit system.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

Gradual start forecast for TSPLOST projects

The transportation sales tax approved by Augusta-area voters begins Jan. 1, but it could take longer to gather enough money to start the projects it will finance.
By Rob Pavey | Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Transportation tax would help disabled

Advocacy groups for people with disabilities are looking at projects in Tuesday's transportation tax referendum that could improve public transit systems.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ride the Bus Day attracts few

The Augusta Bus Rider's Association drew a slim crowd to a meeting at a Washington Road Kmart on Monday aimed at exposing the daily struggles of those who depend on public transportation.
By Stephen N. Dethrage | Monday, July 23, 2012

Group wants residents to try transit

The Augusta Bus Riders Association is planning a Ride the Bus Day and inviting residents to board a bus at noon Monday from work or home.
By Stephen N. Dethrage | Thursday, July 19, 2012

Transit responds to allegations

Mobility Transit Services LLC blames some problems on other parties, including the city itself, and denies others, but does acknowledge a few errors.
By Susan McCord | Friday, May 25, 2012
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