Athens Public Transit is excited to announce its new pilot route to Nelsonville and Albany. Line 7 will begin running on Thursday, August 1, with a ribbon cutting on July 31.
At 9:30AM, local officials, community partners, and the general public are invited to come to Center Albany at 5196 Washington Road in Albany. Funders of the program are invited to speak with the ribbon cutting to follow.
At 11:30AM, the ceremony for Nelsonville will be held at the Nelsonville Public Library on 95 W Washington Street. The route will begin full service the following day, August 1. August 1 will be a free service day for all Athens Public Transit routes.
The route to Nelsonville and Albany is a pilot route currently funded for 6 months, with future service contingent on funding. Stops will include Center Albany and Close to Home in Albany, and Hocking College and Public Square in Nelsonville. Times for each stop are available at athenstransit.org or by calling (740) 592-2727.
Athens Public Transit is a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP). Currently, the program serves the city of Athens, the Plains, and Chauncey. After much input from the community, development from HAPCAP staff, and the support of various community partners, the transit service is now able to reach into the western areas of Athens County.
In addition to Athens Public Transit, HAPCAP also operates GoBus, Athens On Demand, Athens Mobility Management, and Logan Public Transit. Athens Public Transit has grown significantly since 2011, with a 600% increase in ridership. In 2018 alone, they served over 500,000 riders.
Funding for Line 7 is provided by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, the Sisters Health Foundation, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, Hopewell Health Centers, Inc., the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Athens County Commissioners, the Athens County Foundation, the Athens County Department of Job & Family Services, the City of Nelsonville, the Village of Albany, and Stuart’s Opera House.
For more information on the ribbon cutting ceremonies, Athens Public Transit, or any of HAPCAP’s programs, please call Claire Gysegem, Public Relations Manager at (740) 767-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.