Douglas County takes steps to launch local bus service

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners last week established fares for the service, which will begin sometime this spring.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners last week established fares for the service, which will begin sometime this spring.

Douglas County officials have taken the next steps to launch the county’s first fixed-route local bus service.

The Board of Commissioners last week established fares for the service, which will begin sometime this spring. The cost of a one-way fare will be $2.50, or $1 for students, the disabled and those 60 and older.

The county also has named Jemal Sheppard its transit services coordinator. Sheppard spent five years at the Georgia Department of Transportation, where he was the primary contact for small transit programs in north Georgia.

Douglas County’s bus service is tentatively scheduled to operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The county will start with four routes.

The plan for local bus service sparked controversy in Douglas County, where many residents say they prefer a rural lifestyle. Others say the county needs urban-style services to accommodating a growing population.

For more information about the new service, visit www.connectdouglas.com or email connectdouglas@co.douglas.ga.us.

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