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Published on June 9th, 2015 |

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Buckhead CID to reduce Buc shuttle’s routes starting July 6

Beginning July 6, the Buc shuttle in Buckhead’s commercial district will reduce its routes to concentrate on providing service to riders needing connectivity to the Buckhead MARTA station from the Piedmont Corridor.

Above is a map of the new Buc shuttle routes that will become effective July 6.

Above is a map of the new Buc shuttle routes that will become effective July 6.

After months of reviewing operating costs, the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) has determined that routes from other offices along the Peachtree Road corridor will be eliminated, according to a June 5 announcement by CID Executive Director Jim Durrett.

CID's Jim Durrett

BCID’s Jim Durrett

“When the Buc shuttle launched in 2003, it was designed to provide fast, free and frequent last-mile connections between MARTA, office buildings and local destinations like Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza,” Durrett wrote in his announcement.

“Initially it received significant funding from the federal government’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program to begin operations, but that funding has decreased dramatically over time,” Durrett added.

“In 2014, BCID began funding virtually 100 percent of the program,” the CID executive explained. “Unfortunately, that level of funding is not sustainable, especially given the increased pedestrian connectivity along the Peachtree Street corridor and redundant services and routes provided by MARTA.”

Reducing the number of shuttle stops “enables the BCID to increase the Buc’s cost-effectiveness by concentrating service in the Piedmont Corridor, where commuters truly have no other options for last-mile connectivity,” his announcement stated.

Durrett said the change “also allows for more frequent service along the Piedmont Corridor, with riders able to catch a shuttle every 12 minutes during service hours.”

BuckheadView had earlier written that the CID was reviewing changes to the Buc shuttle service in order to reduce the expenditures for its operations. To read that story click here.

The AT&T’s Buc shuttle service—which connects its Lenox Park facilities to the Lenox MARTA station and surrounding area—will remain unaffected, Durrett pointed out, as AT&T funds that operation for its employee use.

Durrett added a note, saying, “Thank you for your support of the Buc shuttle since its launch more than a decade ago.”

Those with questions regarding the service changes are urged to contact Durrett at jdurrett@buckheadcid.com and are also encouraged to visit www.bucride.com to learn more about the new routes and headways.

 

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