Valdosta Pilot Shuttle Program combines routes today

| July 5, 2016

Southern Georgia Regional Commission

VALDOSTA – Effective Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 the Valdosta Shuttle Pilot Program will combine its Northern and Southern routes into one continuous loop. These changes are the result of a reduction in funding for the Pilot Shuttle Project for Fiscal Year 2017.

The combined route will add additional stops in more residential areas, while removing stops along Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard, at Wiregrass Tech, and eLead/Fresh Beginnings locations. The route will begin at the Mildred Hunter Community Center, and make a figure–eight loop throughout the community, using the South Georgia Regional Library as its midpoint. The loop should take approximately 90 minutes to complete, contingent upon trains, traffic, and any incidents along the route.

As a result of the 90 minute loop, the shuttle will operate Monday-Friday from 7:00am-7:00pm, and Saturday from 8:30am-4:00pm. The Shuttle will be closed Monday September 5th for Labor Day holiday.

New shuttle stop signs will be printed with a QR code for citizens to scan with their smart devices, which will take them directly to the Pilot Shuttle Program website for more information. QR code scanners are available to download from most app stores.

Funding to support this project is the result of a grant the Georgia Department of Human Services receives from the Georgia Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Federal Transit Association.  The shuttle is free to clients who fill out the mandatory Consumer Registration Form, which is available online at www.sgrc.us, under the Transportation link. The Department of Human Services is prepared to extend the Valdosta Shuttle Project until September 30, 2016.

Shuttle Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday                   7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturdays                            8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Closed on July 4
Closed on September 5
Shuttle Ends September 30

· Riders must be 14 years or older to ride alone

· Riders 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older

· Children in car seats/booster seats must have them provided by the accompanying adult

· Only 2 bags per person can be carried on the shuttle

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4 Comments on "Valdosta Pilot Shuttle Program combines routes today"

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  1. Rex Reed says:

    Hopefully the reduction in size of an inefficient to a more efficient route, will help to justify the funding of a public transit system for the city that will inherently be less efficient to operate.

  2. Dwight Rewis says:

    Location signs would be better if put on the gray bus benches around town than the little pull up signs.
    Just saying

  3. N says:

    I’m sorry to hear people aren’t taking advantage of the Industrial Park and North Valdosta Road stops. Wiregrass has many good programs that could help many people train for the workforce, but it is far for people with no transportation.

  4. Aymi says:

    What I continuously wonder about the funding for this is, if we can’t get much from the resources we are already receiving help from, then why don’t we have fundraisers in town for the public transit system? Public transportation seems to be very much needed for the citizens of Valdosta but with a restricted route, it isn’t much help for us. I think that the community should come together to help support the growth and establishment of a reliable transportation system for the public. I personally know of more than a hundred people who agree and would love to help.