About “The Buc”

In operation since 2003, “the buc” is fast, frequent, FREE shuttle service in Buckhead that provides connections between local office buildings, transit stops and shopping destinations.


Ride “the buc”

  • Connect you directly to MARTA’s rail service – making commuting to work using transit even easier!
  • Allow you to leave the driving to someone else – reducing stress and road rage.

Hours of Operation

The buc” operates Monday through Friday during the following hours:

Piedmont Lenox Line

Morning Commute…
Every 10 Minutes
6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Evening Commute…
Every 10 minutes
3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lenox Park Line

Commute Service…
Every 10-15 minutes
6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lunchtime Extension…
Every 20 Minutes
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fare

FREE – because “the buc” is supported by local tax dollars provided by the Buckhead Community Improvement District as well as federal funding, there is no fare for riding. If you are connecting to another system such as MARTA, you will be required to pay the fare for that system.


Observed Holidays – 2013 / 2014

Service will not be provided on the following holidays

    • New Year’s Day – January 1st
    • Memorial Day – May 26th
    • Independence Day – July 4th
    • Labor Day – September 1st
    • Thanksgiving Day – November 22nd
    • Christmas Eve – December 24th – Regular Service Hours
    • Christmas Day – December 25th
    • New Year’s Eve – December 31st – Regular Service Hours

How is “the buc” funded?

“The buc” would not have been possible without the collaboration of many organizations working together to ease the stress and strain of Buckhead’s phenomenal growth.

The Buckhead Community Improvement District , a self taxing entity created voluntarily by area property owners, committed $1.5 million to the initial system startup and continues to provide annual support of $1 million to the system.

The Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association “BATMA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting alternative modes of travel, guided the development of the system and oversees the daily operation of the system.

The Georgia Regional Transit Authority “GRTA” serves as the conduit for federal funding that comes to the system.


Who manages “the buc”?

The day to day operation is overseen by the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association “BATMA.” The system is operated by American Coach Lines, Inc.


Special Features

  • All “buc” vehicles are outfitted with wheelchair lifts to assist riders who cannot board the shuttle on foot
  • All “buc” vehicles are outfitted with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) which can help save lives in the event of heart failure. All buc drivers are trained in CPR as well as the use of the AED devices.
  • All “buc” vehicles are equipped with Nextel communications and have direct links to on-duty Zone 2 police officers.

Who’s Who on “the buc” 

Executive Director
Denise Starling, Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association
denise@batma.org
General Manager Eric Cox, American Coach Lines, Inc.
eric.cox@coachusa.com
Daily Supervisor April Johnson, American Coach Lines, Inc.
april.johnson@coachusa.com
Business Development Manager Tony Peters – Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association
tony@livablebuckhead.org
Outreach Manager
Tom Bastek – Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association
tom@batma.org

Driver of the Year

Each year, the buc recognizes one operator who goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide exceptional customer service, quality driving and safe operation. This year’s winner of the prestigious Driver of the Year Award is Lucious White.

Lucious has been employed by American Coach for more than eight years and is currently in his second tenure with the buc. He was the first driver when the buc began offering service in 2003 and after a brief period of charter driving, Lucious returned to the buc in November 2009.

Lucious is proud of his superior track record with the company, which includes punctuality, minimal complaints, and a courteous attitude to all passengers. “I try to live by the golden rule,” says Lucious. He believes part of the fun in driving the buc is that he never knows who he will meet. Lucious currently drives the red route.


 

Safety on “the buc”

Providing our customers a pleasurable, safe and convenient trip is our primary goal and to that end, we take every precaution to ensure both passenger and public safety on our system. Just a few simple measures, like looking both ways before crossing the streets and several feet back from the curb, makes all the difference in preventing injuries. Safety is everybody’s responsibility. Please take a moment to review the safety tips below.

  • While waiting for your bus…
    • Wait for buses at designated stops – stand 2-3 feet from the curb.
    • Never run after a bus – you may slip and fall or be struck by another vehicle.
    • Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to reach the bus stop. Never walk in a traffic lane.
    • Children should be kept close. Board the bus together.
  • When getting on and off the bus…
    • Use handrails to help you keep your balance.
    • Avoid long stretch steps to the first step of the bus when boarding or to the curb when getting off the bus.
  • While Riding on a bus…
    • Stand behind the white line while the bus is moving.
    • Don’t lean or press on the doors.
    • Keep hands, feet and items clear from closing doors.
    • Wait for the bus to stop fully before leaving your seat.
    • Do not put any part of your body outside the bus window.
    • Keep your legs and personal items from extending into the isle to prevent others from tripping.
  • When you get off the bus…
    • Step onto the sidewalk – don’t walk between the side of the bus and the curb.
    • Never walk in front of the bus, even if it is stopped.
    • Use only designated crosswalks