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Enhancements planned for local transit

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Starting Monday, Gwinnett County Transit will make a series of enhancements to its express and local services.

According to a news release from Gwinnett County, plans include linking bus routes, adding stops and extending service times "to better meet the needs of downtown and local commuters without adding additional operating costs."

The release states that the Express Service enhancements include a better match up of bus departures with current passenger demand. GCT will adjust the evening departure times of some of the Express Service routes to match the current times of the downtown Atlanta route.

In addition, the 6:45 p.m. sweeper bus is returning to serve all three Park and Ride lots through Routes 101, 102 and 103 by making one last stop to pick up commuters who may have worked late.

Route 101 departures will be every 15 minutes during peak morning commute times and every 30 minutes in the evening. Route 103 will have 10 to 15 minute departures for the morning commute and 10 to 20 minutes in the evening.

Local Routes 20 and 35 will have additional stops and extend to the MARTA Doraville Station, eliminating transfers and wait times along Buford Highway in Norcross.

Route 30 will restore bus stops along segments served prior to 2010 and extend service to Lawrenceville Highway and Jimmy Carter Boulevard to better serve the Lilburn area. Route 40 will now run from the Gwinnett Transit Center to Remington Park Court and along Steve Reynolds and Satellite Boulevard.

Route 10 will have additional stops in commercial areas along Satellite Boulevard, Duluth Highway and Boggs Road.

Gwinnett Transit Director Phil Boyd said, "These service enhancements will eliminate some transfers and long wait times as well as add stops within walking distances of more workplaces. Our hope is that these changes meet the demand of our riders and encourage others to ride knowing that Gwinnett County Transit is easy, convenient and reliable."

New schedules are available online at www.gctransit.com.