Your Commute: Three Resources for a More Reliable RidePosted Oct 25, 2013 by Malika Reed Wilkins, Director, Marketing & Communications
There is one thing many metro Atlantans have in common: they’re looking for a more reliable commute. At SRTA, our focus is on bringing that to the region’s motorists through optional managed lanes projects such as the I-85 Express Lanes. But we don’t work alone. Across the region, there are a host of transportation partners and agencies whose goal is to provide commuters with alternatives to driving alone. Atlanta drivers can take charge of their own commute by taking advantage of these three resources:
Georgia Commute Options, a joint effort between the Georgia Department of Transportation, The Clean Air Campaign and the region's transportation management associations, helps commuters, employers and property managers take advantage of commute alternatives. Among its many free services is an online ridematching tool to help form a three-or-more-person carpool, allowing you to ride toll-exempt in the Express Lanes (with a registered Peach Pass account). Bonus: you may be eligible to earn cash and prizes for clean commuting through Georgia Commute Options’ incentive programs.
Xpress, operated by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, provides coach bus service in 12 metro Atlanta counties, to and from major employment centers in Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and Perimeter Center. The Xpress system works in collaboration with Cobb Community Transit and Gwinnett County Transit, and provides free transfers to MARTA. Riding Xpress also means a ride in the I-85 Express Lane when traveling that route, as well as a direct connection to the North Springs MARTA station from GA 400.
- MARTA, the 9th largest transit system in the country, provides bus and rail service throughout Fulton and DeKalb counties, and also connects with the region’s other transit systems. MARTA also has a great online trip planning tool to make getting around a “breeze” (which just also happens to be name of their fare cards!) .
Many more county-specific transit systems exist across the region - and across the state - to help you get where you’re going. All of these transportation options mean more choices for you, when you choose to use them.
The I-85 Express Lanes continue to realize increased usage and more optional toll lanes will be coming online in the coming years. The resources above, along with opening and maintaining a Peach Pass account, provide you with valuable tools for making your commute more reliable.