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Posted on: June 15, 2022

Fixed Routes Bus Celebrates 3rd Year Anniversary with FREE Rides & More

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CONNECT DOUGLAS CELEBRATES 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE 

FIXED ROUTE BUS SERVICE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

Celebration Activities Include Three Months of FREE Bus Rides, Community Activities & Outreach!


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:

  • FREE Rides on Fixed Route Bus Service until September 3
  • Travel Training Events in each Douglas County District
  • Go Local Spotlights: weekly highlights of area businesses and commuters 
  • Participation in Area Community Events: Juneteenth/Job Fair/Hollis St. Jamboree/Six Flags
  • Get Connect Community Day: family-friendly event at Connect Douglas MMTC

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. 

  • Route 10 20: Serves downtown Douglasville and the Highway 5/Stewart Parkway/Douglas Boulevard/Hospital Drive area. 
  • Route 30: Serves Thornton Road south of I-20 and Riverside Drive west to American Red Cross and Tributary. 
  • Route 40: Serves downtown Lithia Springs and connects the Douglasville Routes 10 and 20 to the Thornton Road/Riverside Route 30. Route 40 also connects with CobbLinc to access the Atlanta H.E. Holmes MARTA station.
  • Flex Route: The bus can deviate from the designated route to pick up a rider within one mile of the Fixed Route area. Pick-up must be scheduled.
  • ADA Paratransit: Bus service available to seniors and persons with disabilities with locations outside of the designated fixed routes. A simple certification must be completed and an ADA Paratransit trip scheduled. 

Fixed Route Bus Fares

  • $2.50 – Standard one-way pass
  • $1.00 – Students, senior adults, individuals with disabilities
  • $25.00 – 10-day trip pass
  • $75.00 – 31-day pass
  • Additional discounts are available on multi-trip passes for students, senior adults, and individuals with disabilities.  

For route schedules and more information, visit ConnectDouglas.com or call 770-949-7665.

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