Xpress bus routes will change under new service plan

A GRTA Xpress bus leaves after picking up passengers at the Dunwoody Marta Station, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Dunwoody, Ga.  Around 9,000 passengers from 12 counties use an Xpress bus to get to work each day. After an 18-month-old evaluation, Xpress buses will see changes that could affect departures/arrivals, drop off and pick up locations as well as route consolidations.  BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

A GRTA Xpress bus leaves after picking up passengers at the Dunwoody Marta Station, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Dunwoody, Ga. Around 9,000 passengers from 12 counties use an Xpress bus to get to work each day. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Xpress bus service around Atlanta is about to get an upgrade.

All 33 existing routes will see changes under a new service plan expected to be approved by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority board on Wednesday. In addition to tweaks in schedule times and stop locations, the transit agency will consolidate some routes, add three new routes to the bustling Perimeter Center area, eliminate one poor-performing route from Mableton to Downtown, and increase the frequency of service on most other routes.

Some riders may have to walk a few blocks farther to reach stops — particularly in Downtown Atlanta, where buses are being routed away from heavy congestion areas to improve on-time performance. The plan is a result of an 18-month-long analysis of existing conditions, market conditions, and travel demand.

This map provided by GRTA shows the four routes that will serve the Perimeter Center business district coming from Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Rockdale counties. Currently only one route serves Perimeter Center, from Conyers.

This map provided by GRTA shows the four routes that will serve the Perimeter Center business district coming from Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Rockdale counties. Currently only one route serves Perimeter Center, from Conyers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has taken an in-depth look at how the proposed changes could affect current and future riders. The full plan can be viewed in detail on GRTA’s website: http://www.directxpress.xpressga.com.


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