Augusta Transit Frustrations

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – When you look at the public transit system in Atlanta, more than 500,000 people use Marta every day.

Here in Augusta, that number isn’t as large, but thousands are still rolling in.

“It’s aggravating. Because a lot of businesses are hurting because some people can’t get to work,” said South Augusta resident Shameka.

Shameka lives on Augusta Transit’s southernmost bus line.

She was a horse rider for more than eight years, but eventually learned to drive and saved up for a car. So she could get to work on time and take care of her children.

This despite leaving home for work around 6:30 or 7:00 a.m.

“Depending on whether you get the right bus on time, you can get to your job site before 9:00, 9:30,” she said.

From point A to point B it’s a 15 minute drive to his cleaning job.

But with the layout of the transit system, she has to switch to four different routes, creating a one-and-a-half-hour journey if she arrives at each stop without a hitch.

Augusta Transit Deputy Manager Oliver Page said, “We aim to serve people living in South Augusta who don’t have access to our public transportation, or a personal vehicle.”

With microtransit, Augusta Transit hopes to not only expand access, but also potentially help create more direct routes.

It would be like a ride-sharing service, but keeping the fare cheap and preventing more people, like Shameka, from missing their stop.

Shameka said, “Paying someone to take you to work and pick you up when some people are just a single family household. Whereas $20 a day could have gone up to $20 for a meal.

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