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GRTA: ‘Solid and Pleasing’ Start for Dacula Park and Ride

Officials release ridership numbers for the first month of service at Dacula park and ride and first day totals for the new Hamilton Mill facility.

Ridership at the is off to a good start according to an official with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).

Chief Public Relations Officer William M. Mecke described the numbers for July as “looking pretty good.”

GRTA Xpress Route 416 averaged 38 boardings a day last month. A boarding is recorded as each time a rider gets on the coach. Most riders will count as two boardings a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The peak day for ridership was Tuesday, July 19 when the service had 81 boardings.

“This is a solid and pleasing start,” Mecke said.

On Monday, GRTA Xpress service began at a second Dacula area park and ride. The on Sardis Church Road had 39 boardings on the first day for the Hamilton Mill to downtown route (Route 413).

Route 411, the Hamilton Mill/Mall of Georgia to midtown route, had 238 boardings.

“We’re very pleased with all these starts,” Mecke said.

Tim Sullivan August 04, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Ok now y'all are growing Dacula too far, bad enough we have to call Hog Mtn Dacula but everything west of I-85 is Buford, not the Dacula Area. No noe referrs to Hamilton Mill Town neighborhood a Buford area development :-)
Kristi Reed (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 01:06 PM
I think Buford just better watch itself, the Dacula area is getting bigger and bigger! Though the park and ride address may technically be Buford, it is called the Hamilton Mill station just like the Walmart is called the Hamilton Mill Walmart. Also, the HM park and ride was built with Dacula area commuters in mind. Buford commuters already have the I-985 park and ride and the Xpress lot at the Mall of Georgia.
Karen A October 02, 2011 at 02:37 PM
I have been commuting on the Dacula Xpress bus since it began. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to leave my car in the lot, sit in a comfortable seat and leave the driving to someone else. I have reduced my fuel costs, car maintenance, car insurance and best of all my stress level has gone way down. The drivers are friendly, and I have made some new friends among my fellow riders. Hooray for Xpress!

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