Transportation and Parking Services is working closely with Auxiliary Services and the University to ensure we all return to a safe and healthy environment by adhering to social distancing guidelines and paying special attention to the sanitation of parking decks and buses.
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The information on this page is subject to change and will be updated regularly.
UGA Bus Service Updates
Information on Fall 2020 Bus Routes Changes
Over the past several months, we have worked with the Student Government Association (SGA) to evaluate and optimize campus bus routes for the Fall semester. Student feedback, data collection, SGA surveys, and circumstances such as construction projects are a large part of the normal evaluation and planning process for any bus route changes. This year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is presenting additional challenges to bus service. To ensure the safety of all passengers by keeping crowding to a minimum, Transportation and Parking Services is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on reduced occupancy on buses (ex. 18-20 people per bus). Many routes have been shortened to provide quicker and more frequent service through campus which helps offset reduced occupancy. We also worked with SGA to eliminate redundancies to allow more transit support in areas with higher ridership demand, to maximize the distance electric buses can operate per day, and to update the naming convention for all bus routes.
Detailed information on bus route changes for the Fall semester is available here.
UGA Parking Service Updates
Do I need to wear a face covering while riding the bus?
Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings are required on UGA buses as well as bus stops.
How much seating will be available on a UGA bus?
To ensure the safety of all passengers by keeping crowding to a minimum, Transportation and Parking Services is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding reduced occupancy on buses (ex. 18-20 people per bus). The number of riders on a bus is subject to change based on guidelines from the CDC and FTA. Shorter bus routes will ensure buses get through campus more quickly.
Will standing room be available on UGA buses?
Currently, standing is not allowed. If an open seat is not available, please wait and board the next bus.
Why are passengers asked to board from the back door only?
Passengers will use the back entrance of the bus to maintain a proper social distance from drivers. A protective barrier will also separate bus drivers from passengers to ensure a six-foot distance is maintained.
What do I do if I need accessible entry on a UGA bus or paratransit service?
Passengers who need accessible entry may notify the driver and will still be able to load from the front door, consistent with normal operating procedures. Accessible van services are still available through UGA Paratransit. To seek these services, students need to contact the Disability Resource Center at (706) 542-8719.
When will the new routes appear on the UGA App?
Routes will be updated on the UGA app soon. Please note that you may need to update the UGA app once routes are in effect to see changes. Please visit routes.uga.edu to view updated route information in the meantime.
All changes are in effect August 3, 2020, with a limited number of buses running from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each route.
Regular service will resume August 20, 2020:
- Monday - Wednesday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
- Thursday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
*All times and dates subject to change.
If I choose not to ride a bus, what other forms of transportation are available?
Walking and bicycling are great options for quickly navigating campus. The Daily Class Schedule is being adjusted to add five minutes between classes to allow students more time. Our new Bulldog Bike Share offers a convenient, affordable alternative to having a car on campus. You can rent an electric pedal-assist bike any time via the Gotcha app. Download the Gotcha app for iPhone or Android to get started. Point-to-point walking and bicycling routes may be found on the UGA app’s campus map module. UGA reCYCLE is a need-based bicycle recycling and redistribution program for the UGA campus community. The program refurbishes bikes that were abandoned on campus bike racks and puts them in the hands of UGA students and employees who need them for transportation to and from school or work.
Is there a touch-free way to pay for hourly parking?
For touchless payments, customers may use the ParkMobile app when paying for hourly parking.
How will buses and parking decks be kept clean?
- Disinfectant sprayers will be used to sanitize parking deck stairwells overnight as well as inside each bus. The sprayers contain a solution proven to kill coronavirus (COVID-19).
- All rails and handles on buses will be wiped down with disinfecting wipes between class breaks.
- All pay meters and elevators in the parking decks will be sanitized throughout the day and overnight.
- Hand sanitizer will be available to passengers on each bus.
How are Bulldog Bike Share bicycles kept clean?
Below are the current protocols Gotcha has established to reduce risk to its riders and employees for Bulldog Bike Share.
- Implemented enhanced, and more frequent, cleaning of bikes using disinfecting products approved by the CDC to kill coronavirus germs. Disinfection will be repeated throughout the day.
- Fleet techs will mist at-risk contact areas such as hand grips, brake levers, bells, and any other points of contact for bikes going into and staying in the field.
- Briefed all employees and in-market staff on proper personal hygiene practices as recommended by the CDC.
- Employees will wash hands with disinfectant soap for 20+ seconds before shift and at the end of shift and whenever possible in between. In addition, employees will be provided with hand wipes and/or hand sanitizer to clean their hands in the field use.
- Gotcha recommends all riders use hand sanitizer before and after riding, wear protective face masks, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Gotcha is committed to the safety of its riders and will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Gotcha will update its process and protocols as needed to make best efforts to ensure everyone’s safety. The company will comply with any federal, state, or local policies that may require changes to its services.
Please note this video is intended to be an example of our temporarily adjusted procedures and filmed with a small group to adhere to Phase 1 reopening guidelines in place at the time of filming.
DawgCheck: Commit to a Healthy Campus
The University of Georgia is committed to the health and safety of our campus and our community. Immediate self-reporting is critical to helping us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. That’s why we’ve created DawgCheck: an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool.
With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 before coming to campus and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But we still ask that you respond through DawgCheck before visiting campus. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic, so using the DawgCheck tool before every visit is crucial to help us be proactive in stopping the spread.
If you test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of visitng campus, we ask that you report your test results through DawgCheck to facilitate contact tracing.
Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.
If you are a visitor to campus, scroll down to the section For Individuals without a MyID Account to check for symptoms or report a positive COVID-19 test.
Questions? Visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/support to learn more.