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Transit bus schedule to see changes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Most local transit buses rolled for the last Saturday.

The service will transition to a weekday schedule this week, with only the popular Norcross-Doraville route continuing on Saturdays, officials said.

A local Buford route has been eliminated, and tweaks to all of the Gwinnett transit routes will be implemented Monday.

Changes will not apply to the para-transit service for the disabled, Transit Director Phil Boyd said.

Along with some modifications to the popular express bus service, where the recent purchase of 57-passenger buses allowed for less frequent trips to Atlanta, officials expect to save $360,000 on the bus service in 2010, Boyd said.

With hopes for additional stimulus funds to come later this year, the cuts mean less than $2 million in county tax money will be used for the service, which is also supplemented by state and federal grants as well as fares.

Details on the route changes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.gctransit.com.