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CAT service changes planned for Nov. 2
In an effort to meet the changes in rider needs and respond to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chatham Area Transit will implement several service changes in November.
Starting Nov. 2, most CAT buses will operate on a modified schedule on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday’s service for its fixed-route buses will temporarily be suspended. However, CAT’s Mobility services for people with disabilities will continue to operate on Sundays.
To accommodate service demand on weekdays, additional buses will operate on routes 10 East Savannah, 14 Abercorn and the 17 Silk Hope. As a result, bus frequency will be reduced on the 6 Cross Town, 12 Henry, 25 MLK/West Lake, 28 Waters, and 31 Skidaway/Sandfly routes to help with the financial challenges Bus frequency will remain the same for routes 3 West Chatham, 3B Augusta Ave, 4 Barnard, 11 Candler, 20 Skidaway Island/Coffee Bluff, 27 Waters and 29 W. Gwinnett/Cloverdale.
All bus and CAT Mobility operations will continue to stop operating by 10 p.m
CAT reduces evening bus schedule, customer service hours
On July 20, CAT implemented a reduced nightly service schedule in response to low ridership in the evenings, as a result of most businesses and other destinations closing early during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reduction means that all fixed-route buses and CAT Mobility paratransit vehicles cease operations by 10 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Sunday services continue to operate under the regular schedule.
In addition, we have suspended Dot shuttle and Senior Circulator services.
Local bus fare collection remains suspended to allow for rear-door boarding and CAT is encouraging social distancing by permitting only 15 to 20 people per bus or half the normal capacity.
Benton Blvd/Highlands closure
Due to construction in the area, CAT is unable to serve the stop at Highlands Boulevard and Benton Boulevard. The closest alternative stop is on Benton in front of the Waverly Place apartments.
West Gwinnett Street stop
Starting on June 8, routes 29 West Gwinnett and 17 Silk Hope will be unable to serve the stop in front of the City Lot on West Gwinnett near Stiles Avenue, due to a road widening project.
The nearest alternative stop to catch the 29 West Gwinnett:
Inbound: Stiles and Gwinnett Street
Outbound: Stiles & Darwin Street
The nearest alternative stop to catch the 17 Silk Hope:
Inbound: Stiles & West Gwinnett Street
Outbound: Stiles & Springfield
The project is expected to continue until February 2022.
Broughton Street bus stops closed until further notice
CAT has suspended servicing stops along Broughton Street due to a road improvement project. The project, which is expected to take nine to 12 months to complete, will impact the 14 Abercorn & 11 Candler routes.
Outbound stops missed – Closest alternative stops
Broughton & Montgomery – Transit Center (610 W. Oglethorpe Avenue)
Broughton & Barnard – Transit Center
Broughton & Bull Street – Transit Center
Broughton & Abercorn Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Abercorn & York Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Inbound stops missed Inbound – Closest alternative stops
Abercorn & Broughton (next to the SCAD Library) – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Broughton & Jefferson (in front of McDonalds) – Transit Center
MLK & Hall stop closed until Further Notice
Due to construction in the area, the CAT bus stop at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Hall St. is unable to be serviced.
The next closest stop is at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Huntingdon St.
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