Augusta University Parking and Transportation Services have made significant changes over the summer, including adding buses and developing new routes to better serve the existing campuses as well as expanding service to include the Georgia Cyber Center on the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation downtown.
The enhanced transit operations come after Solstice Transportation Group, the national consultant brought in to assist with this project, made recommendations based off focus groups, two open forums and data compiled from the JagExpress shuttle passenger management system.
What you need to know …
Five new buses have been added, bringing the fleet to 17. All will be wrapped in distinctive Augusta University graphics.
- Starting Aug. 6, the new Silver Route will serve Augusta University Health parking lots and transport employees from the parking lots to the medical facility. Though it primarily serves AU Health employees, it is open for use by all Augusta University students and employees. It will visit each stop approximately every 8—10 minutes. It will move passengers from lots on the west side of 15th Street to the Medical Office Building stop. It also stops on Laney Walker Blvd. and the Health Sciences Building.
- Also beginning Aug. 6, the existing Gold Route has been modified to serve new university parking options southeast of R.A. Dent Street. With the Silver Route taking on service to the AU Health parking lots, the Gold Route will now be able to better serve lots 61, 71 and 72 (Beulah Grove Church) and provide quicker, more frequent stops. The Gold Route will visit each stop approximately every 7-8 minutes.
- Starting Aug. 14, the Blue Route will replace the former Teal Route, serving all Augusta area campuses and improving frequency and capacity. It will provide service to the Forest Hills, Summerville, Health Sciences and Nathan Deal Campuses. When operating at full capacity, there will be up to eight busses on the Blue Route providing service to each stop every 8-12 minutes. There will be stops at Christenberry Fieldhouse, University Village, Summerville Campus Main Entrance (eastbound), Summerville Science/Allgood Hall (westbound), Health Sciences Campus at Laney Walker (eastbound), Health Sciences Campus Goss Lane (westbound) and the Nathan Deal Campus for Innovation.
- Operating through Aug. 13 and whenever the Summerville Campus weekday classes are not in session, the new Orange Route will have stops on the Nathan Deal Campus and Goss Lane on the Health Sciences Campus, providing service to each stop approximately every 12 minutes on weekdays when the Blue Route is not in service.
“We encourage all passengers to download Smarttraxx from their app store,” said David SantaAna, director of parking and transportation. “Smarttraxx provides route information and allows users to track the busses in real time.”
An upgrade is expected later this fall. Continue to visit Jagwire for the latest updates.