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Xpress Commuter Coach Service Offers Commuting Made Easy
Grappling with Metro Atlanta traffic can often seem like an endurance test. By 1 measure, the average Atlanta commuter spends an additional 43 hours behind the wheel each year because of traffic congestion on our roads and highways, time that could be better spent at home with family or being productive at work. Long commutes also contribute to air pollution, impact quality of life and add a level of stress to our work days.
But by riding Xpress Commuter Coach your trip to work can be so much better. Over the past 9 years, the Xpress Commuter Coach Service, provided by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, has become a key part of the region’s transportation network, giving commuters throughout metro Atlanta a valuable transportation option.
Our 33 routes in 12 metro Atlanta counties carry more than 2 million passenger trips annually, providing workers with reliable, stress-free commutes directly to and from employment centers in Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter Center. Xpress also provides convenient connections and free transfers to the MARTA rail and bus networks, to make it possible to get to even more final destinations throughout metro Atlanta.
As our customers choose to ride on our transit coaches rather than driving their cars on the interstate highways during rush hours, Xpress also improves the capacity of Georgia’s most congested highways. In fact, by taking all these cars off the interstates, Xpress saves the region’s commuters from wasting more than $140 million a year worth of time and fuel. These savings, combined with the low cost of operating the Xpress service, translate into a more than 4-to-1 return on investment.
You can learn more about how to take advantage of this valuable commuter option by visiting www.XpressGA.com.
In case Xpress isn’t the best fit for you, another great commute option may be one of the region’s 300 vanpools. For a low monthly fare, commuters who live and work in the same general area can easily organize a vanpool of up to 15 riders who share a comfortable ride to work, saving money on gas and car expenses.
GRTA provides assistance in funding and organizing these vanpools, so if you’d like to learn more about signing up, check out our website or visit our partners at Georgia Commute Options, a one-stop shop for commute alternatives and incentives available to workers and businesses.
Photo Courtesy Georgia Department of Economic Development
About the Author
Jannine Miller is the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, where she leads a team of transportation and administrative professionals in operating the Xpress commuter bus service and ensuring short-range transportation infrastructure plans in metro Atlanta provide a return-on-investment for Georgia taxpayer dollars. Before coming to GRTA, Ms. Miller was the Transportation Policy Advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue. Jannine is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Master of Public Administration.