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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