GDOT Seeks Public Input for Draft Statewide Transit Plan

press release Georgia Department of Transportation

Social Circle is only location with any public transportation in Walton County

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is seeking public input on the results and recommendations of the draft Statewide Transit Plan (SWTRP) between July 1 – 30, 2020. The SWTRP is a result of a comprehensive review of Georgia’s public transit needs that charts the future direction of transit programs, aiming to improve access and mobility for all Georgians.

At the time, the only form of public transportation in Walton County is the he Social Circle Public Transit System. It is primarily a Health & Welfare Rural Transit System that is an on-demand service with no fixed route service. The Capital Budget is funded by the federal government (80%), state government (10%), and city government (10%) and the Operating Budget is funded by the federal government (50%) and city government (50%). It operates have two 10-seat buses. Click or tap on the image below for details on the Social Circle Public Transit System.

The SWTRP plan is a result of extensive coordination over the course of 2019 and 2020 with transit providers, local governments, regional commissions, metropolitan planning organizations, the ATL Authority, other transit stakeholders, and the public. The SWTRP incorporates all existing urban and rural transit plans, plus identifies statewide near-term and long-range recommendations. Highlights include:

  • Expanding public transit service to Georgia’s 37 counties without service today, with an emphasis on regional coordination and cross-jurisdictional service.
  • Expanding the capacity of existing rural systems to ensure all rural needs are met.
  • Meeting workforce needs through extended service hours and more commuter routes.
  • Improving safety, system reliability and performance by leveraging technology.
  • Enhancing coordination among transit providers, employers, healthcare and education providers.

“Public transit is an important part of GDOT’s multimodal planning efforts,” said the GDOT project manager, Kaycee Mertz, AICP. “This plan helps us to identify needs and recommend strategies to improve access to transit, with a focus on rural transit, regional collaboration, and innovation. Input from transit agencies and the public has been vital throughout this process.”

To learn more about the plan and provide input, visit GDOT’s Transit Plan webpage. Click through to the Virtual Open House to leave comments by July 30.

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