The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted to authorize two new transit routes for the CobbLinc Cumberland Circulator beginning in March 2017. These routes are critical for managing congestion and facilitating economic development in the area. The new routes will provide transit options for the business community during the week and SunTrust visitors for Braves home games.
Core Cumberland Circulator route
- Proposed clockwise route operates in a continuous loop from the Cumberland Transit Center via Cumberland Boulevard, Cobb Parkway, Akers Mill Road, Galleria Drive, Professional Parkway, Cobb Parkway (to be potentially replaced by a future pedestrian/transit bridge across I-285), Circle 75 Parkway, Heritage Court, Windy Ridge Parkway, Interstate North Parkway (to Marriott and back, continuing south), Cumberland Boulevard, Akers Mill Road and Cumberland Boulevard, turning around at Cumberland Mall to return to the Cumberland Transit Center. Counterclockwise route is proposed to operate in the reverse direction of the proposed clockwise route.
- Proposed Core Route Service Span and Frequency:
- Weekdays 6 - 9 a.m. – 30 minutes each direction
- Weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – 15 minutes each direction
- Weekdays 4 - 7 p.m. – 30 minutes each direction
- Weekdays 7 - 11 p.m. – 30 minutes each direction
- Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. – 30 minutes each direction
- Sundays 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. – 30 minutes each direction (Sunday service contingent upon implementation of broader CobbLinc Sunday service)
South Cumberland Circulator route
- Proposed southbound route operates from the Cumberland Transit southbound on Cumberland Parkway, Paces Ferry Road, Spring Hill Parkway and into the Home Depot campus. Northbound service operates via Skyline Trail, Paces Ferry Road, Cumberland Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard to the Cumberland Transit Center.
- Proposed South Route Service Span and Frequency:
- Weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – 30 minutes each direction
A study is currently under way to explore the best implementation options for the Cumberland Circulator. The study, which is being conducted by AECOM/URS, will determine the features of the circulator. This includes:
- Best routes and schedule options
- Convenient stop locations
- Most appropriate type and size of vehicles
- What fare will attract the most riders
The study has an anticipated completion date of June 2017.
The Cumberland Circulator was presented to the BOC at its Aug. 25 work session. View the presentation.
Circulator bus services provide high-frequency service along convenient, accessible routes at affordable fares. Whether it is home, work or play, a circulator service can quickly, easily and inexpensively transport people where they need to go. Cobb County, in collaboration with the Cumberland Community Improvement District and the Atlanta Braves, is developing a plan for a circulator bus service in the Cumberland area. The service will improve mobility for those who live, work, shop and visit the area while helping to relieve traffic congestion and stimulate more economic activity.
Benefits of a Circulator Bus Service
Many areas around the country, similar in size and land use characteristics to Cumberland, have implemented circulator bus services with great success. Washington D.C., Los Angeles and the Anaheim California Resort area near Disneyland are three with circulator services that carry more than three million annual passengers (1).
The success of the circulator services in these areas bodes well for a similar service in Cumberland that offers these benefits:
- Reduces Congestion: Cumberland has significant traffic resulting from its mix of residential, employment, shopping and entertainment uses. A circulator would reduce dependence on one-person automobile trips within the area, and would shorten walks for pedestrians, especially those through busy intersections.
- Enhances Existing Transit Services: Cobb Community and MARTA bus services into Cumberland will benefit from new riders who can easily connect with these services using the circulator.
- Increased Mobility: Residents, workers and shoppers will have a frequent, reliable and low-cost transportation alternative
- Promotes Economic Activity: Cumberland residents, workers and visitors will have the opportunity to do more with their time as the circulator will provide extra time to turn a lunch break into a shopping trip.
- A Sustainable Plan: The Circulator Study will determine the most effective and efficient means to operate the Cumberland Circulator, identifying the best opportunities to develop ridership and revenue while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the service.
Located in southeast Cobb County, Cumberland is just 10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Its population has tripled since 1970 with more than 39,000 people living in the area. As a Cobb County employment center, Cumberland's daytime population increases 103 percent with workers commuting to the area, which is base to over 50,000 jobs. Major companies, such as Fortune 500 The Home Depot, Coca Cola Enterprises Inc. and Genuine Parts, as well as the Weather Channel, have offices in Cumberland (2).
With venues like Cumberland Mall, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and the Atlanta Braves' future home at SunTrust Park, Cumberland has much to offer. The circulator would offer service to these and other area venues.
An Existing Transportation Hub
Cumberland has easy access to three of the region's major roadways: I-75, I-285 and U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway. Six Cobb Community Transit routes service the area as does MARTA Bus Service, all connecting at the Cumberland Transfer Center. The area is home to many popular trails, including the Bob Callan Trail, Spring Road Trail and Silver Comet Trail Extension. The circulator will enhance the existing transportation infrastructure with frequent, reliable and reasonably priced transit service.
Cobb DOT held public meetings on the Cumberland Circulator Oct. 11 and 13, 2016. A public hearing took place Oct. 25, 2016.
Project Contact Information
Cobb County DOT Planning Division Manager
- DC Circulator 2013 Annual Report, LADOT Transit 2013 national Transit Database Report, and Anaheim Transportation Network Operations Report November/December 2014
- Cumberland population and economic statistics from 2012 Cumberland CID report