Auburn residents have a new option for transportation — the Auburn Neighborhood Transit, or A.N.T., was set to depart at 5:10 a.m. today transporting communters to Lawrenceville to catch Gwinnett County Transit Bus No. 410 to Atlanta.
Auburn City Planner Larry Lucas says the nominal fee of $3 will not only be cheaper than the wear and tear of driving a car to downtown Atlanta and parking it for the day, it will also relieve the stress of fighting the traffic.
“Commuters can read, work on their computers or just catch a few more winks of sleep while they leave the frustrations of rush hour to the driver,” Lucas said in a news release.
But the A.N.T. isn't just for those commuting to and from Atlanta. Each weekday, the bus will provide transportation to locations in the area. Every 45 minutes the A.N.T. will make a run to . Other stops will include , , the , the , and . There will be four trips daily beginning at 10:15 a.m. for shopping at , , , and other retail stores at Barrow Crossing.
“The bus route will continue to be a work in progress as we determine how to best serve our residents," Lucas said.
The A.N.T. meets the necessary requirements for a federal grant that will be used to construct a major residential development near downtown Auburn. The developer offered to provide the bus as well as maintenance for the vehicle for the first year.
Commuters who want to take the A.N.T. from Auburn to Lawrenceville's Discover Mills for the connection to downtown Atlanta should park their cars and board the bus at the old ball field on Mary Carter Road. The bus leaves at 5:10 a.m. and will return to Discover Mills at 5:15 p.m. every afternoon to connect with the home-bound riders.
The first local circuit will depart the park and ride area on Mary Carter Road at 8 a.m. and will run continuously through 5:15 p.m.
Brochures with a map of the routes and the route time table are available at Auburn City Hall.