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New Bus Routes for Fall 2020


Previous routes on a map on the left, New routes on a map on the right.

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New Bus Routes Focus on Safety, Support, and Efficiencies

To UGA students, faculty, and staff who ride our buses: We have missed you and look forward to seeing you on campus again soon. Please know that our bus routes will look a little different when you return, and we understand this will be an adjustment for many riders. 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.  

Our team members are here to help you with your transportation needs as you return to campus. If you have any questions as you navigate the new routes or want to learn more about alternative transportation options such as walking and biking, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Read SGA’s statement on route changes here.

View a full list of updates, operating procedures, and FAQs in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Benefits of these route optimizations include:

  • Eliminating redundancies to allow more transit support in areas with higher ridership demand
  • Shortening bus routes to ensure buses get through campus more quickly
  • Maximizing the distance electric buses can operate per day resulting in increases in efficiencies and zero-emission transportation
  • Reduction in miles for buses overall to about 240 miles per day
  • Reduction of 5.5 metric tons of Co2 (37%)
    • Previous routes were estimated at 14.6 metric tons per day
    • New routes are estimated at 9.1 metric tons per day
    • Based on 17-18 electric buses on at all times

 

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Safety and Sanitation Information

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 buses.

Click here for a detailed list of safety and sanitation practices.

Photo of an electric bus.

Return to Campus Bus Schedule Plans

Beginning July 21, 2020, a limited number of buses will be on campus for training and testing in preparation for UGA’s return to campus. The marquees on these buses will indicate they are in training. The Vet Med and Health Science bus routes will provide limited service Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 weekday, night, and weekend service is set to resume August 20, 2020.   

*All times and dates subject to change.

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Alternative Transportation Options

In addition to buses, biking and walking are great ways to get around campus. You can quickly find walking routes by using the campus map on the UGA App or on our 360° virtual tour of campus.

Bulldog Bike Share

  • Ride an e-assist bike with UGA’s new Bulldog Bike Share
  • 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
  • It’s a great way to avoid traffic, as well as expenses like maintenance and unexpected issues
  • Bike share bikes are not allowed on UGA bus racks
  • It costs $2 to unlock a bike and 10 cents per minute of ride time
  • You can also sign up for a Bulldog Student Mo-Pass subscription to save money by foregoing unlock fees
    • Monthly subscriptions are available for $5.95. You can also purchase an annual subscription for $42.50. You must sign up with your UGA student email to get these discounted rates. Your subscription will take effect immediately, so it’s best to wait and sign up once you’re on campus.

Learn more about Bulldog Bike Share here.


Information by Route

The following optimizations for the 2020-2021 academic year weekday bus routes factor in safety, support, and efficiencies. Click each route map to enlarge the image. An interactive map is coming soon.

UGA bus routes are subject to change based on campus need. Live track the bus for the most accurate real-time route information. Please note you may need to update the UGA app once routes are in effect to see changes. ​Limited bus service is provided during university holidays, Maymester, and Summer sessions. Regular UGA bus service does not run during home football games or when the university is closed.

Central Loop

Map of Central Loop.Route Description:

This route was created to carry riders to and from the central points of campus with stops at the major hubs of the Main Library, the Tate Student Center/Memorial Hall area, north campus, east campus, and south campus.

Bus Stops:

  • Memorial Hall
  • Human Resources
  • Spring Street at Thomas Street intersection for Tanner Building/Training & Development  
  • Greek Park
  • Tucker Hall 
  • Joe Frank Harris
  • University Health Center
  • East Campus Village (ECV) 
  • Aderhold Hall
  • Plant Sciences
  • Science Learning Center (SLC)
  • Snelling Dining Commons
  • Physics

Timing:

There will be four buses on this route with an expected run time of 24 minutes, creating an interval of six minutes with a total of 10 central northeast buses hitting each stop per hour.

North South Connector

Map of North South Connector route.Route Description:

This route was created to carry riders to and from central points of campus with stops at the major hubs of north campus, the Tate Center/Memorial Hall area, and south campus, including Driftmier Engineering Center.

Bus Stops:

  • Tate Student Center
  • Physics 
  • Myers Quad 
  • Coliseum
  • Coverdell
  • Driftmier
  • Building F
  • Tucker Hall
  • Greek Park
  • Training and Development (on Thomas Street) 
  • Main Library
  • Psychology/Journalism (PJ)

Timing:

There will be four buses on this route with an expected run time of 24 minutes, creating an interval of six minutes with a total of 10 central southbound buses hitting each stop per hour.

East Campus Shuttle

Map of East Campus Shuttle route.Route Description:

This route was created to carry riders to and from the Intramural Fields Deck and east campus to Ag Hill, Tate Center/Memorial Hall area, and the Terry College Business Learning Community.

Bus Stops:

  • Memorial Hall
  • Correll Hall
  • Rutherford Hall
  • Connor Hall
  • STEM Building
  • Tucker Hall
  • Joe Frank Harris
  • University Health Center
  • Intramural Fields Deck 
  • Intramural Fields Lot EO1 
  • East Campus Village (ECV)
  • Tucker Hall
  • Food Science 
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Timing:

There will be five buses on this route with an expected run time of 30 minutes, creating an interval of six minutes with a total of 10 east route buses hitting each stop per hour.

West Campus Shuttle

Map of West Campus Shuttle route.

Route Description:

This route was designed to carry riders to and from the first-year high-rises and low-rises, the Terry College Business Learning Community, north campus, and the Tate Center/Memorial Hall area.

Bus Stops:

  • Russell Hall
  • Oglethorpe House
  • Rutherford Hall
  • Physics
  • Memorial Hall
  • Gilbert Hall
  • The Arch
  • Main Library
  • Psychology/Journalism (PJ)
  • Correll Hall 
  • Creswell (on Cloverhurst)

Timing:

There will be three buses on this route with an expected run time of 15 minutes, creating an interval of five minutes with a total of 12 west route buses hitting each stop per hour.

Map of Arch Express route.Arch Express

Route Description:

This route was created to carry riders to and from the Athens Transit Multimodal Center, north campus, Ag Hill, and the Tate Center/Memorial Hall area.

Bus Stops:

  • Memorial Hall
  • Gilbert Hall
  • The Arch
  • Athens Transit Multimodal Center (MMC)
  • Main Library
  • Food Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Timing:

There will be three buses on this route with an expected run time of 15 minutes, creating an interval of five minutes with a total of 12 northbound buses hitting each stop per hour.

 

Bulldog Housing

Map of Bulldog Housing route.

Route Description:

This route was designed to carry riders to and from the University Village area, Driftmier Engineering Center, the Student Learning Center, south campus, and east campus.

Bus Stops:

  • Building S
  • Building Q
  • Building P
  • Rogers Road
  • Building G
  • Driftmier
  • Science Learning Center (SLC)
  • Snelling Dining Commons
  • Rutherford Hall
  • Coliseum
  • Aderhold Hall
  • Joe Frank Harris
  • University Health Center
  • Building H
  • Brandon Oaks
  • Jamestown

Timing:

There will be three buses on this route with an expected run time of 30 minutes, creating an interval of 10 minutes with a total of six southbound buses hitting each stop per hour.

Park & Ride

Map of Park & Ride route.

Route Description:

This route was designed to carry riders to and from Park & Ride to major hubs on campus. This route will service east campus, the Tate Center/Memorial Hall area, Ag Hill, and the Intramural Fields.

Bus Stops:

  • Park & Ride (off College Station)
  • Opposite Ag Tech
  • Intramural Fields Deck 
  • Intramural Fields Lot EO1
  • East Campus Village (ECV)
  • Tucker Hall 
  • Food Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Memorial Hall
  • Greek Park
  • Tucker Hall
  • Joe Frank Harris
  • University Health Center
  • Ag Tech 

Timing:

There will be three buses on this route with an estimated run time of 33 minutes, creating an interval of 11 minutes with a total of five Bark and Ride buses hitting each stop per hour.

Vet Med

Map of Vet Med route.

Route Description:

This route was changed to now service east campus and allow for it to be utilized by more riders.

Bus Stops:

  • Vet Med (off College Station)
  • PDRC
  • Park & Ride (off College Station)
  • Opposite Ag Tech
  • East Campus Village (ECV)
  • Aderhold Hall
  • Plant Sciences
  • Coverdell Hall
  • Driftmier
  • Building F
  • Intramural Fields stop on College Station
  • Ag Tech
  • Park & Ride (off College Station)
  • River’s Crossing
  • Opposite PDRC
  • Vet Med

Timing:

There will be three buses on this route with an expected run time of 28 minutes, creating an interval of nine minutes with a total of six Vet Med buses hitting each stop per hour.

Health Sciences

Map of Health Sciences route.

Route Description:

This route stays the same, however operating on a headway system will reduce the expected run time. 

Bus Stops:

  • Health Sciences Campus
  • Lucy Cobb
  • Clarke Central High School
  • Springdale Street
  • Oakland Avenue (to Five Points)
  • Lumpkin Street at Rutherford Street (to Campus)
  • Snelling Dining Commons
  • Physics
  • Memorial Hall
  • Gilbert Hall
  • Nacoochee Avenue

Timing:

There is an expected run time of 28 minutes. At peak times there will be four buses on this route creating an interval of seven minutes with a total of eight Health Science buses hitting each stop per hour.

Milledge Avenue

Map of Milledge Avenue route.

Route Description:

This route stays the same, however operating on a headway system will reduce the expected run time. 

Bus Stops:

  • Tate Center
  • Physics
  • Myers Quad
  • Presbyterian Center
  • Lumpkin Street at Rutherford (to Five Points)
  • Oakland Avenue (Tri-Delta)
  • Rutherford Street
  • Peabody Street
  • Henderson Avenue
  • Waddell Street
  • Newton Street to Downtown
  • The Arch
  • Main Library
  • Psychology/Journalism (PJ)

Timing:

There is an expected run time of 24 minutes. At peak times there will be 4 buses on this route creating an interval of 6 minutes with a total of 10 Milledge Avenue buses hitting each stop per hour.

Map of Greenhouse Shuttle route.Greenhouse Shuttle

Route Description:

The route was changed to now service Plant Sciences bus stop to allow for this route to be utilized by students needing to get to the UGArden off of Milledge Avenue.

Bus Stops:

  • Plant Sciences
  • Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC)
  • UGArden (by request)
  • Botanical Gardens (by request)
  • AG Tech (by request)

Timing:

There will be 2 vans on this route with an expected run time of 15-20 minutes (depending on the trip to UGArdens) creating an interval of 10 minutes.