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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Connect Douglas is celebrating the third anniversary of the Fixed Route Bus Service and invites the public to take part in all the festivities! Connect Douglas is offering free rides to the public on its fixed route, flex route, and paratransit bus services continuing through Saturday, September 3.
The Fixed Route Bus service with its accompanying “flex” and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) paratransit service launched under Connect Douglas on June 20, 2019. Connect Douglas, located at 8800 Dorris Road Douglasville, Georgia, is the public commuter-oriented transit program of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners through the Department of Community Services. The program and its transit services have served Douglas County under its former name, Douglas County Rideshare, since 1986.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the free rides at their June 7 meeting. Connect Douglas newly named Director, Ron Roberts, stated that this is an excellent opportunity for residents and guests to be re-introduced to the bus system or experience the reliable service for the first time.
“During the onset of COVID-19, transit systems across the County experienced ridership declines of 65%-75% or more. Connect Douglas launched in the Summer of 2019, and the pandemic hit seven to eight months later. The pandemic was rough for many Americans in many different ways, including our residents here,” Roberts said. He also stated that “we were able to maintain a safe and reliable service for our essential workers and residents during the pandemic. Our Fixed Route bus ridership has been increasing ever since.”
Roberts mentioned that he is excited for even more residents and guests to experience Connect Douglas transit. Roberts said, “the 3rd Anniversary free rides and activities are a great fun way for the public to learn more about us while having fun in the community.”
Connect Douglas 3rd Anniversary Activities Include:
About Connect Douglas Fixed Route Bus
Connect Douglas operates public bus services within Douglas County on four fixed routes. Each operating bus is equipped with FREE Wi-Fi and security cameras for riders. FREE transfer tickets to other bus routes upon request from the driver.
Fixed Route Bus Fares
For route schedules and more information, visit ConnectDouglas.com or call 770-949-7665.
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