After almost a year, Cobb County’s Cumberland Circulator could be getting an overhaul. Commissioners plan to vote on changes Tuesday.
The Cumberland Circulator is a set of three bus routes that connects the area around SunTrust Park, where the Atlanta Braves play.
“Well the main thing that we’re voting on is eliminating the red route and basically turning the blue and the green into independent routes,” said Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott. “Currently the blue and the green overlap each other and just go in opposite directions.”
The proposed changes would send the green route north of the stadium. The blue would head south. The Battery is the only stop that would overlap.
The hours of operation would also change. Right now, the the Circulator runs during the day only, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.. If approved, buses would run from noon to 2:30 in the morning
Ott said commissioners are hoping to improve service not only for people attending the games, but: “It’s also for the workers because, when the Circulator ended at 11 there was no way for them to get from their jobs to the MARTA station or MARTA bus.”
Rides would also become free.
Ott said the commission wants to make changes because ridership was low. He said at a hotels in the area said people were complaining the buses took too long and didn’t go enough places.
If approved, Ott said he expects the changes to be complete around April, not quite in time for Braves opening day on March 29.