The City of Statesboro announced today that its Statesboro Area Transit (SAT) fixed route buses are finally hitting the road. With over 30 stops around the city, SAT promises riders greater access to healthcare, shopping, community events, and much more.
“Positioning Statesboro as a city that is welcoming and accessible to all is at the heart of the work myself and the Statesboro City Council do,” says Mayor Jonathan McCollar. “Statesboro Area Transit furthers the city’s mission to be a vibrant community that anyone can call home and everyone will want to. Many of our residents don’t have access to all that Statesboro has to offer. We’re hoping this transit system will help bridge that gap so more residents can experience the best of the ‘Boro.”
SAT buses will run Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fare rates start at just $1 for a one-way trip and $2 for a round trip. Only cash and exact change will be accepted at this time. The city plans to offer bus passes or a card reading system in the future. Discounted rates are available for seniors, college students, and individuals with disabilities. To obtain a discount card, riders will need to visit the city’s engineering department at City Hall.
The buses, built by Starcraft Bus on a Ford Chassis, can hold up to eight passengers including space for two wheelchairs at the back of the bus. One of the wheelchair spaces features a drop-down seat to accommodate seven passengers plus one wheelchair when needed. Each bus is also equipped with an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift and security cameras.
The city has contracted the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia (CRC) to operate the transit system.
“The Coastal Regional Commission is very excited to partner with the city for the rollout of the Statesboro Area Transit system,” says Don Masisak, Transportation Director for Coastal Regional Commission. “CRC has been operating transit coaches in the Coastal Georgia region for the past 14 years, and we believe our experience in public transit combined with the City of Statesboro’s vision for greater access for its residents will make a perfect pairing.”
The transit system will feature two fixed routes, a Blue and Red route, with two buses assigned to each route. The fixed routes will take approximately 40 minutes to complete one trip around the route. SAT will also offer a flex route for riders to schedule a pickup from locations without a bus stop. The pickup location must be within a quarter of a mile of the set Blue and Red routes and the rider must submit the reservation request at least 24 hours in advance.
A bus shelter located in the city’s public parking lot on South College Street in Downtown Statesboro will serve as a transfer station where riders can transfer from one route to another. There is no cost for transferring. Riders will be given a transfer ticket from their bus driver to present when boarding the new bus route.
Though the city is launching the program with two routes and no weekend hours, city officials say they’re not ruling out the possibility of an expanded service in the future.