Cobb County transit riders will enjoy better service to the Cumberland region and downtown Atlanta on CobbLinc beginning Sept. 6, 2016.
The county’s bus service, CobbLinc, is adding a new route 25 from the Cumberland area to MARTA’s Hamilton E. Holmes rail station and updating several other routes.
CobbLinc is the new name for buses and other transit services provided by Cobb Community Transit. Today’s announcement includes expanded coverage, improved safety and a quicker ride for commuters using CobbLinc. All are part of a Cobb transit improvement plan reflected in the new CobbLinc branding.
“We want CobbLinc to be the preferred transportation option for the citizens of Cobb County, wherever they need to go,” said CobbLinc Director Vida Covington. “We already added 35 new, WiFi-equipped buses this year. With our new and updated routes, CobbLinc is providing better access for more people than ever before.”
CobbLinc’s new Route 25 originates at the Cumberland Transfer Center, behind Cumberland Mall, and ends at MARTA’s Hamilton E. Holmes rail station in Atlanta. Buses on Route 25 will pick up at Concord Road at South Cobb Drive and continue along Hurt, Austell and Old Alabama Roads as well as Mableton Parkway, Hillcrest Drive, Six Flags Parkway and Ralph David Abernathy Freeway, making six stops along the path. Crossover between routes on Austell Road will allow for passengers to make connections on Route 30.
Route 10, which runs from the Marietta Transfer Center through the Cumberland area and to the Arts Center Station on 17th Street, now will take a right on Cumberland Boulevard—to bypass the more congested Spring Street—then take a left on Akers Mill Road. With this change, the route will lead directly into the I-75 HOV lane, offering improved reliability and safety by avoiding the need to change lanes to reach the exit during peak traffic times.
Buses running on Route 10 will now make stops at the Residence Inn on Cumberland Boulevard and at the intersection of Cumberland Boulevard and Cotton Street at Cumberland Marketplace. Route 10 buses will no longer stop at the following locations, identified by landmark and intersection:
- - IBM (Northside Parkway at Rivergreen Drive)
- - Kroger (Cobb Parkway at Paces Mill Road)
- - AMC Theaters (Cobb Parkway at Parkway Pointe)
- - Akers Mill Square (Cobb Parkway at Riverwood Parkway)
- - Circle 75 (Cobb Parkway at Spring Road)
- - Chin Chin Restaurant (Spring Road at Cumberland Boulevard)
Route 20, also originating from the Marietta Transfer Center, will now provide more direct transit into the Cumberland area by offering corridor-style service along South Cobb Drive. Buses on the route will no longer travel Concord Road. Service to the Home Depot Support Center will continue with stops every hour during morning and evening peak travel times as part of Route 20.
All three routes will serve the Cumberland Transfer Center.
Service in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also will expand with the addition of Route 25. Passengers eligible for ADA accommodations will be served with paratransit service within three quarters of a mile of the new route.
“We’re proud to provide better mobility services in Mableton, Austell and other growing markets,” Covington said.
The changes also position the CobbLinc system to be a key component of the transportation plan for the opening of SunTrust Park at the intersection of Interstates 285 and 75 in the spring of 2017.
CobbLinc operates 100 buses on 18 routes with more than 750 stops and almost 300 bus shelters. CobbLinc makes more than four million trips per year.
Additional information regarding stops that are no longer served on Routes 10 and 20 is included in CobbLinc's Route Changes Packet. For details about routes, schedules and more, visit www.cobblinc.com.