Is my shuttle stop being eliminated?
Friday, July 3 will be the last day of service at stops 1-10 on the buc’s current route for the Piedmont-Lenox line. These stops provide service for the following locations (in alphabetical order):
- 3344 Peachtree
- Alexan Lenox*
- Alliance Center (One and Two)
- Atlanta Financial Center
- Atlanta Marriott Buckhead
- Atlanta Plaza*
- Buckhead Grand**
- Buckhead Station Shopping Center**
- Courtyard by Marriott**
- DoubleTree Hotel**
- The Grand Hyatt
- JW Marriott
- Lenox Center
- Lenox Marketplace (Target, Publix, Dick’s)
- Lenox MARTA*
- Lenox Square*
- Lenox Towers
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel
- The Meridian**
- Monarch Plaza
- Monarch Tower
- One Capital City Plaza
- One Live Oak
- Peachtree Lenox Building
- Phipps Plaza
- Phipps Tower
- The Pinnacle
- The Realm
- Resurgens Plaza*
- Terminus 100
- Tower Place 100
- Tower Place 200**
- Two Live Oak
- W Hotel
- Westin Hotel
* The Lenox Park Line (aka Red Line or AT&T Line) will continue to serve these locations
** These locations are served by Stop 1 on the new route, which is located directly outside the pedestrian bridge entrance to the MARTA Buckhead station
Why is the buc’s service area being reduced?
The buc’s original funding source was a federal grant that covered the majority of its operating costs. In recent years that funding has dwindled and the Buckhead CID has been paying for an increasingly large share of the shuttle’s cost. Unfortunately, that arrangement is not sustainable and the Buckhead CID has opted to reduce the service area in order to make the buc more cost-effective. Read more about the rationale for the CID’s decision here.
How did the Buckhead CID select stops for elimination?
The first priority in reconfiguring the Piedmont-Lenox line was to maintain service to locations that are more than a half-mile walk from the Buckhead MARTA station. (Half a mile is the generally accepted standard for the distance that people are willing to walk to a transit station.) Concentrating service in the Piedmont Corridor, where commuters truly have no other options for last-mile connectivity, allows BCID to reduce operating costs while maintaining an important service for transit commuters to this area.
Isn’t the Phipps Plaza stop more than half a mile away from the nearest MARTA station?
The distance from Phipps Plaza to the Buckhead MARTA station is slightly more than half a mile when traveling via Peachtree Road. However, there is a pedestrian route available that is less than a half mile walk. Pedestrians can access Stratford Road via the staircase at the rear of the Two Alliance Center parking garage, then take the pedestrian bridge to the Buckhead MARTA station.
Will the buc’s schedule remain the same?
The buc will provide service every 12 minutes during morning commute (6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) and evening commute (3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) hours. Please click here for the complete schedule.
When will the revised route go into effect?
Monday, July 6
Who can I contact with questions and concerns?
Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead CID, can be reached at Durrett@buckheadcid.org.