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Transit Development Plan

In July 2007, the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO) in coordination with Hall Area Transit (HAT) initiated the Transit Development Plan (TDP), which will serve as a five-year action plan for public transportation in Hall County. The TDP is designed to improve planning and delivery of the HAT services through analysis of existing transit conditions and by garnering feedback from the community. Two public meetings, two outreach efforts, stakeholder interviews, and coordination with local jurisdictions were conducted to assess existing sentiments, suggesting improvements and identifying new services. As a direct result of this process, two new routes, as well as commuter bus service were recommended in the final plan.

On the analysis side, local census data was gathered to assess routes most likely to attract riders and identify underserved locations. HAT performance measures such as ridership and operating expenses were charted to serve as indicators of the relative success of current and future operations. HAT was analyzed with similar-sized transit systems throughout the nation to study comparisons and whether some aspects of other transit systems should be adopted.

The TDP is aligned into five annual recommendations as service options. Year One will relocate the HAT transfer center to 687 Main St. and divide the current Blue route into Blue and Orange, the Gold route into Gold and Pink and the Red route into the Red and Green routes. A new Purple Route will be launched from the Lakeshore Mall and proceed along Atlanta Highway. In Year Two, HAT will begin a pilot program of flexible routes which combine aspects of fixed route service and demand responsive service (Dial-A-Ride). The new flexible route will be along US 129/Athens Highway would allow pick-ups and drop-offs within ¾ mile of the fixed route. Years Three and Four foresee the Purple route extending to Gainesville State College in Oakwood and later to Flowery Branch. Year 5 will offer commuter bus service from the park and ride lots along I-985 to possible destinations such as: the MARTA station in Doraville, downtown Atlanta and/or Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

The GHMPO Policy Committee adopted the TDP on May 13, 2008. Based on funding availability, it is anticipated that the proposed recommendations will be implemented starting January 2009. Click on the following links for the plan documents in Adobe® PDF format.

 Cover Page
 Table of Contents
 Chapter 1.0: Introduction
 Chapter 2.0: Existing Conditions
 Chapter 3.0: Future HAT Service Options
 Chapter 4.0: Recommendations
 Appendix A Service Statistics
 Appendix B Intelligent Transportation Systems
 Appendix C Public Involvement
 Recommended Service Options Map
 Data Collection, Review and Analysis

I-985 Park-n-Ride Surveys

One of the recommendations from the Transit Development Plan was to have a commuter service in Year-Five. As a starting point, surveys of the park-n-ride lots on I-985 was undertaken to understand current commuting patterns by Hall County residents to destinations outside the county and determine what the current level of demand is among commuters. Commuter and license plate surveys were conducted at the park-n-ride lots at Exit 4 and Exit 17 on I-985 in July, 2008 and a follow up survey in April 2012.

Click here for the 2008 Park & Ride surveys and the 2012 Park & Ride surveys.

Hall County Government Center
HR Training Room, 2nd Floor
2875 Browns Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA
Date: April 15, 2015
Time: 10:30 am

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Hall County Government Center
HR Training Room, 2nd Floor
2875 Browns Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA
Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm

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Hall County Government Center
Commission Mtg. Rm., 2nd Floor
2875 Browns Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA
Date: May 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.

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