ARC planning new multi-system bus stop signs

The Atlanta Regional Commission released this illustration of new bus stop signs it plans to post at stops that serve multiple transit systems, including Gwinnett County Transit. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County Transit users will notice new signs in metro Atlanta directing them where to go to get home in a couple of years.

The Atlanta Regional Commission announced on Monday that it will receive $3.8 million in state funding to install signs that direct them at bus stops that connect riders several transit systems in the region. The money complements federal funding the ARC has received to place several of these signs in downtown and midtown Atlanta.

The new signs will be erected at stops that serve multiple transit systems, including Gwinnett County Transit, and make route information for those buses, including where they are going, clearer to understand. Other systems that use these stops in Atlanta include GRTA, MARTA and CobbLinc.

“This project will go a long way toward solving one of the biggest problems transit customers face – a lack of clear signage. The new signs make it easy for riders to make sure they are in the right place,” ARC Chairman Kerry Armstrong said in a statement. “Without the help of the state, we would not be able to accomplish this on a region-wide basis.”

The ARC expects to begin installing the signs in 2018, along with other new improvements to benches, sidewalks and bus shelters.

ARC officials said existing small signs at stops that serve multiple bus systems often led to confusion. They explained that was because while they did have logos for each system that used the stop, they did not include information about which routes each bus used, or what their destinations were.

The new signs will list the transit systems that serve that bus stop, as well as route information for each system. They will also have the bus stop number in both numeric form and braille, according to the ARC.

While the federal funding paid for new signs in downtown and midtown Atlanta, the state funding is expected to expand their installation across Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Cobb counties.

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