Investor brings mass transit back to county
by the Associated Press
August 14, 2010 12:00 AM | 621 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JONESBORO - A small-scale, privately run mass transit system is up and running in Clayton County.

The county discontinued its C-Tran bus service earlier this year because of financial constraints, leaving many commuters looking for ways to get to work or school.

A local investor, Tywanna Albro, acquired five buses and six vans and has begun operating them on a couple of C-Tran routes. She calls the new service QuickTransit.

"It's a huge leap of faith," she said Thursday. "We are not making money, we're spending more than we're bringing in." She said she hopes the service will eventually turn a profit.

Deborah Flannagan, executive director of the Georgia Public Service Commission, said QuickTransit was issued an emergency certificate to operate on July 26. She said the lack of public transportation since the March 31 shutdown of C-TRAN influenced the decision to approve the service.

Flannagan said QuickTransit will be evaluated later for a possible permanent certificate.

The service has 20 drivers and one on-site mechanic, Albro said. Its five regular buses can seat up to 40 people each, and the vans can fit up to 22 people.

The standard cost of a one-way ticket is $3.50, twice the cost of a C-TRAN ticket at the time of its shutdown.

QuickTransit offers discounted fares of $2.50 one-way to disabled persons, seniors over the age of 65, children under the age of three and to students with a valid student identification card, according to Albro.

She said Quicktransit plans to serve two more routes at some point.

"I'm looking for it to expand and grow. But with the help of Clayton County residents, I know that they're going to use the service and that it is going to expand," Albro said.
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