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Free Rides and Restricted Space Announced for Public Transportation in Athens

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens Public Transit (APT) is announcing changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All rides are free, effective Monday, March 30, according to APT’s website and Facebook page.

“This is to reduce exposure to drivers from handling passes and cash fares,” according to an announcement.

The free rides apply to both regular Athens transit and the Athens on Demand Transit.

But new limitations have been imposed on how many people are allowed per bus.

“Only five seated and one wheelchair passenger are to be permitted on the buses at a time in order to keep passengers six feet apart from one another,” according to the announcement.

In terms of schedule changes, all Saturday service for the regular transit and for the Athens on Demand are as of now suspended.

Two lines have schedule modifications:

  • Line 7 will run once every two hours rather than once per hour
    Albany – 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Nelsonville – 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
  • Lines 3 and 4 will stop service at 7 p.m., respectively

APT suspended all daily campus shuttles (CATS) and night and weekend shuttles (CATS Late Night) until further notice, earlier this month.

For any further questions you can visit to their website, contact Athens Public Transit at 740-592-2727, or Athens on Demand Transit at 740-597-2404.

If you are in need of assistance with transportation options, contact the Athens-Hocking County Mobility Manager, Jessie Schmitzer, at jessie.schmitzer@hapcap.org.