Quick Transit provides an option to bus riders

Although it may have felt like an eternity, C-Tran riders did not have to wait long for a public transportation alternative. And the best part for Clayton taxpayers is that this new bus service is privately funded, so no new taxes will be needed.

Although still working out some kinks in its service, Quick Transit is a lifesaver and money saver for residents who depend on mass transit. ”I split $24 cab fare one-way with my sister just to get to the airport and we still had to pay to ride MARTA,” says Riverdale resident and UGA student Myisha Jones. “We lived our lives around cab rides to and from the airport so we could split the fare, it was ridiculous.”

With 11 buses in its fleet (five buses and six paratransit vans), Quick Transit runs former C-Tran routes 503 and 504, which have been renumbered under their new system.  As per the web site, former routes 501 and 502 are on the way. The full price fare has risen to $3.50; senior citizens (65+) and disabled riders pay a discounted $2.50 fare; and up to two children (up to age three and 44″ tall) can ride free with a paying adult.

It will be interesting to see how Quick Transit does. The few buses I’ve seen on Tara Boulevard are just as empty as the C-Tran buses were. If the system couldn’t survive with federal funding, how long will a private investor hang in if there is no profit? But for the sake of those who need the service, particularly its paratransit riders, I hope Quick Transit is ultimately successful.

If you have taken Quick Transit, what do you think of Clayton’s new bus service?

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27 comments Add your comment

Jason

September 7th, 2010
11:48 am

The only time I was on Qucik Trans the buses were running 35 minutes behind schedule. When I got home and turned on the news channel 11 was saying that she was complaining that she had not turned a profit yet and that quick trans had only been running for 10 days. I need qucik trans on the old 501 route but yet even though I have e-mailed them 3-4 times to find out when the old 501 and 502 routes will start running and I have yet to get a reply. I give qucik trans 6months before they are gone. Kimberly if you are interested you can go to cfpt.org and check out the pdf files they have that you can download or print for the Marta in Clayton Flier, Poster and fact sheet. The fact sheet gives all the info on what the .1 cent sales tax increase will cover including the Lovejoy to Atlanta commuter rail. I have heard some people say they want the rail but not the buses. Well it looks like you are not going to get one with out the other. What happens if the GRTA Express buses go under come April of 2011? People in Clayton are going to have to decide if they want transit (Bus and Rail) or are they going to continue to bitch about traffic. Maybe if the CCPD would stop drinking and driving and protecting the drug dealers and do their jobs then maybe it will help get the trouble makers out of Clayton county. But why complain about the CCPD when it was eaiser for all the people to blame everything on C-tran. Well C-tran is gone and I still see all the trouble in Clayton that was here before. not everybody who are on section 8 or who ride public transportation are bad people. There are people like me who bust their butts at work everyday and depend on public transportation to get there. I can’t drive because of a medical condition but according to a lot of people on here I am the trash that makes Clayton such a bad place to live because I depend on public transportation. All of you who said they should have raised the fairs on C-tran well how about telling the BoC that because they never even voted to cut service or raise the fair on C-tran. Those 4 idots did not even show up at the BoC meeting.

Huh?

September 7th, 2010
1:19 pm

I wondered if the new buses were still running, I’ve only seen a bus once since they came out unlike the Ctran bus which I saw a lot.

Jason

September 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

I have no problem paying 3.50 and that they run once a hour but this 35 minutes behind schedule and only having 2 routes is not going to cut it. That is something that hurt C-tran is the limited routes they had. They should have done what Marta plans to do and that is have more routes threw out the county.

BnB

September 7th, 2010
4:24 pm

free enterprise – start small and grow to fit the clientele. If you can make money. great – if not – close down.

Govt (taxpayer subsidised)transport. Wasteful, inefficient,

GOOD LUCK – Quick Transit. Hope for your success.

BnB

September 7th, 2010
4:25 pm

not sure where you get your info JAson, but MARTA is cutting out many frequencies.

Jason

September 7th, 2010
7:39 pm

BnB I get my info from the cfpt.org. It has the pdf files you can download or print and it has a Marta in Clayton fact sheet.

Really?

September 7th, 2010
8:16 pm

Jason
(((Maybe if the CCPD would stop drinking and driving and protecting the drug dealers and do their jobs then maybe it will help get the trouble makers out of Clayton county.)))

You just lost all your credibility. I suspect you don’t even live in Clayton County.

James Brown

September 8th, 2010
7:26 am

As a candidate for Georgia House District 77 (representing both Jonesboro & Riverdale), I applaud the efforts of Quick Transit. Free market actions such as this allows our communities and county to flourish, thus bringing more business and jobs to our district. Visit my website VoteJamesBrown.com to review where I stand on this (and many other) issues key to turning it around for our communities.

atlin83

September 8th, 2010
9:33 am

I know it’s tempting for the “government is bad, the ‘free market’ will fix everything” crowd to jump on this as a success, but let’s not be hasty. Just because a business has opened doesn’t make it a success. That’s really a discussion to have a year or two after the startup, not a month.

And as far as James Brown – I don’t see how a smaller bus system, with less service – rumored to be less reliable, too – is helping your community and county flourish. And I don’t see how cutting your bus system to begin with attracts businesses and jobs. When people need the bus to get to work, and you cut the bus, you lose employed residents, tax base, and possibly businesses who depend on bus-riding employees.

A couple other things – no, I don’t live in Clayton County, and I do think that Quick Transit should be commended for its efforts. But I don’t think that it should be used as an example of “private sector succeeds where government fails” because they’ve managed to run two bare-bones routes, reportedly late, for a month.

Clayton Parent

September 8th, 2010
11:25 am

You don’t live in Clayton County, which means you don’t pay taxes here. C-TRAN was a drain on taxpayers.

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

September 8th, 2010
11:55 am

MARTA should have been in Clayton, along with Gwinett and Cobb. Probably even in other surrounding counties even if just express service or commuter rail service was provided. There is no need for 5 different transit agencies in an area of 6 million. Even NY was smart enough to combine all the private agencies and put them under one unbrella… MTA. They just have different divisions. That is what MARTA should be. Local bus division, limited and express bus division, rail, and then commuter rail for outlying areas. People voted years ago because of “white flight” and now these areas are full of crime that MARTA didn’t bring and they also have to deal with terrible traffic coming into the city. Now you have 1 of the 5 counties with a private line that doesn’t give much coverage at all. Gwinett with very limited bus service that only one bus runs on Saturday. Cobb with ok bus service but could be a lot better and more coverage if they supported a regional system versus one that just runs in that county. No Sunday or holiday service anywhere outside of Fulton and Dekalb. People complain about traffic but don’t want transit. Some are willing to use it but say it doesn’t go anywhere (particularly the rail) but when the do support it only want the money used for their area or county that is raised. That is not how it works. The site cfpt.org says Clayton will raise 35 million. It only cost 10 million to run the system C-Tran had. Now you have 25 million or more to expand service. Whether it be subway service in Clayton or more bus service somewhere it is needed not in Clayton. That would make the system better as a whole and provide the coverage that so many folks complain is not there for rail and bus services.

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

September 8th, 2010
12:07 pm

Another thing I hear is that folks that want transit should pay for it. Sorry but it doesn’t work like that. If that is the case please stop taking taxes out to pay for schools. I don’t have kids. Or don’t take out taxes for roads I don’t drive on. Only the ones I do. That is such a stupit argument. This region is far too big for one of the 5 big counties not to have transit. I also here that people support the MARTA rail but don’t want the bus. How are you going to get people to the rail stations? Even though this is a large region it is not dense. How are you going to have a rail system come through a county and not have buses to connect the folks that don’t have cars too it.

People use your minds when making these comments… please

atlin83

September 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

Not living in Clayton County doesn’t disqualify my points or observations. I pay taxes where I live (Fulton), some of which go to transportation, including public transit. And that’s been a good thing for Fulton and for me.

Hampton Place

September 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

I live in Clayton and work with juvenile court. Yes there has been a decline in crime for our juveniles since the bus has been gone. Unfortunately for what ever reason public transportation did attract crime to the area. Unlike MARTA, C-Tran needed a policing component. I just want to know if MARTA is cutting route in it’s biggest counties (Fulton and DeKalb) how is it gonna offer expanded service in Clayton. Brian you shouldn’t believe everything that is written last time I checked decrease usually mean a budget deficit. If majority of Clayton residence have vehicles and they don’t care to wait on a bus, what is going to make MARTA attractive to the taxpayers in Clayton? I think the bad taste C-Tran left a bad taste for the majority of Clayton voters and homeowners are going to vote against the sell tax increase. If you want to help the county go and purchase a home and contribute by shopping in your community or volunteer and your local school. These are a few ways to get money moved in the County.

I am so tires of people complaining and begging for a hand out without putting something in to help others!

Clayton Parent

September 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

Not living in Clayton County doesn’t disqualify your points. And I agree, MARTA is a good thing for Fulton. C-TRAN was NOT for Clayton.

Barbara

September 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

i don’t like the buses and get some real businesses in Clayton County I’m sick of title pawn store, car lot’s stupid stuff they are building. I’m glad somebody is building a Zaxby’s off of 85.

Bryan -- MARTA supporter

September 8th, 2010
3:12 pm

@ Hampton Place

I would love to see the real numbers of the juvenile crime rate going down now that they don’t have buses to jump on. Public transit doesn’t bring crime. Crime also doesn’t go away just because there aren’t any more buses riding around. I mean seriously who uses a bus or train to commit a crime? Even in New York people aren’t going around just robbing folks and then hopping back on a bus to get away. Has it happened before… I’m sure it has. It is at such a rate that the crime rate increases and decreases depending on the amount of transit services… No!

I don’t believe everything I read but I do when the information I reading are facts. There are budget cuts in everything now days. Honestly some of the cuts MARTA made were probably needed. But MARTA is still supporting a metro area of more than just Fulton and Dekalb while only those two are contributing to the operations and up keep. How do you expect a system that is paid for by only 2 million to support an area of 6 million?

It’s attractive because it gives an alternative (esp. rail) to driving up the interstate stuck in traffic. Transit brings jobs. It is beneficial to the local economy. It brings denser more walkable communities near the rail stations that will come when the residents pay the taxes. It will spur more housing in general which will ultimately bring more money into the county. Those are all economic boosters. Building single family homes and having people drive everywhere is not the type of development that is suggested in no area anymore with or without a major transit system. You ever heard of sprawl? Now will that stop all developments like sub-divisions…. of course not. How can you expect people to shop in their local areas when people can’t get too work? Lets be real most places like fast food and grocery stores, and other similar places are employeed by either teens or younger folks that are in school and probably don’t have a car. All of these well off homeowners aren’t working in these places. So now with the ones who do depend on transit to go to work or even just to go to school to better themselves how to they get around? Now once the businesses close who is going to want to buy a home in a county like that with vacant buildings everywhere? There goes your population, your jobs, and the local economy. All because these homeowners didn’t want to support those who aren’t as well off. There are far more advantages to transit versus disadvantages to mass transit.

Trust and believe I’d rather support transit and give myself and others an option than to be stuck in traffic everywhere I go.

19&41

September 8th, 2010
6:06 pm

It’s nice to be able to watch the success of the bus system knowing no tax dollars are being used to float it. It will be interesting to watch and see how the enterprise evolves to remain viable without resorting to taxing the county.

Sick of it all

September 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Bryan, your theory sounds wonderful on paper but it’s application was flawed in real life. When transit was here , it didn’t bring any jobs to Clayton. Clayton survived prior to it coming quite well. The people having no transportation and businessess closing didn’t lead to no one wanting to buy a house in Clayton. Change in demographics did. The powers that be changed the demographics to assist in their political agenda. Section 8 & Project residents got dumped en masse on Clayton. That’s what led to the decline in Clayton. I for one purposely left Fulton and didn’t move into Dekalb because I wanted a different quality of life. If I had wanted to live amongst Section 8 residents I could have done so for far cheaper than what I paid for my home. If I wanted to have access to public transportation and have a better quality of life, I could have paid more to live in North Fulton. Since I had no desire for mass transit, I chose Clayton. If offered the better quality of life I wanted for far more reasonable prices than North Fulton. And as far as homeowners not wanting to support those who aren’t as well of…..well you are absolutely right. This is one homeowner who does not. I work hard to support myself and my family. I did the right thing. I went to school. I got a career. I only had the number of kids I could afford. Why should my tax dollars go to support someone on generational welfare ? If they want a better way of life, they should break the cycle and strive for it like the rest of us. I’m not against helping others in need but that need should not be a life style.

2DPoint

September 8th, 2010
10:34 pm

A good friend of mine works for Quick Transit and he says there are problems, including:
– Large buses have a lot of maintenance/mechanical problems so you wont’ see many of them on the road.
– Organization of system not stable. Employees work under a shoe-string management. Can only hope and pray they get paid what they’re owed and that it’s paid on time.
– Shuttle like vehicles will be more common as the large buses continue to face operation challenges.
Clayton County seems to prefer operating out of the mainstream compared to metro counties and this is only another example. Change is coming though – lots of change.

Outstanding

September 9th, 2010
4:38 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERIFF KIMBROUGH!!!!

19&41

September 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

Be sure to put all that change in the coin box as you board the bus.

Focus Group

September 10th, 2010
7:57 am

NEW Transit on the 501 route – Speedy Wiz – One way fare $2.00 – Seniors and Children $1.00 – http://www.speedywiztransport.com – spread the word if you want them to financially survive.

BrighterDays

September 10th, 2010
8:34 am

Bryan –
Welcome to Clayton County debate. Where no outsiders are welcome to comment, no new ideas are welcome, just complaining and insults. No facts, just assertions. Transit works, but Clayton wants to run like it did 20 years ago, staying stuck in the past and allowing opportunity to go to our neighboring communities who are not perfect, but have it together enough to offer sollutions and MAKE THEM HAPPEN. I happen to agree with you.

Shannon

September 10th, 2010
3:15 pm

Why do we expect public transit to pay for itself when we do not expect roads to pay for themselves?

Roads are given quite a bit of state money–far above what gasoline taxes take in.

Shannon

September 10th, 2010
3:17 pm

To put it another way…

If one believes that transit ought to pay for itself and not be supported by government dollars…

And if one also believes that most roads should not be toll roads…

Then one is a hypocrite.

diego

September 20th, 2010
11:46 am

i want C-TRAN to come back