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BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY PROPOSES TO MODIFY ROUTES

Changes Based on City of Birmingham Budget/Funding

 

Birmingham, AL (August 1, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) announced a route modification proposal and proposed fare increase based on the City of Birmingham’s recently approved budget.  The city’s allotment to BJCTA of $10 million falls significantly short of close to $16 million required to operate the current routes that serve the city.  For at least three consecutive years, BJCTA has provided services to Birmingham in excess of the level funded by the City.

 

“Unfortunately, this decision was out of our hands,” said Frank T. Martin, interim executive director of the BJCTA.  “This is not a scenario anyone at the BJCTA wanted to implement, but we cannot continue to provide service that is not being paid for.”

 

The proposed route modifications and proposed fare increases will go into effect September 23, 2019. Many of the changes involve combining low ridership routes to make them more efficient, rescheduling, rerouting and in some cases, eliminating those not financially feasible. In addition, many of the newly modified routes will cease service at 7:00 p.m., except for routes 25, 26 and 28. 

 

BJCTA is hosting 14 public information meetings beginning on August 5, 2019 through August 16, 2019 at various locations throughout Birmingham.  Details about these meetings and the specifics about the prospective modifications are attached or can be found on the agency’s website located at www.maxtransit.org.

 

“A thriving transportation system is critical to a growing city,” continued Martin.  “It is necessary to move our citizens to employment, healthcare, education and shopping options.  New residents and businesses consider public transportation when making decisions about relocation and the BJCTA wants to provide a robust and dependable system.  We understand that these current modifications will negatively impact the lives of some of our riders and we are doing all we can to minimize the effects.” 

 

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama.  The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees.  For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

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Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Announces Launch of New Customer-Friendly Website
The Website Will Go Live on July 1, 2019.

Birmingham, Ala. (July 1, 2019) – As the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority continues to make changes designed to increase ridership and engage the public, they are announcing the next step in that effort as they launch their new website.   Many new features including service alerts on the homepage and easier navigation allowing customers to plan trips are just a few of the upgrades from the previous site.

Information about each department, the board of directors and contact information for each including all necessary forms for feedback, public record requests, lost and found and additional forms for customers are available on the enhanced site as well. 

Improved access to rider tools is one of the key features that makes the new website a great instrument for MAX customers.

“The new user-friendly site makes planning routes for our customers easier than ever before and we hope first-time visitors to our city will find our system easy to navigate. This is just one more step needed to create a transportation system that’s both functional and attractive to all the citizens in the Birmingham-Jefferson County service area.  One that ushers us into a period of growth and economic development,” says Frank T. Martin, Interim Executive Director.

The public can access the new site beginning July 1, 2019 at www.maxtransit.org.

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Public Information Meetings Schedule for BJCTA’s Expanded Routes

Meetings will outline all changes and provide further information beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

 

 

Birmingham, AL (May 29, 2019) – The Jefferson County Commission passed a resolution to fund routes with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in areas not currently being served or to enhance the current service.  Those cities who will benefit from these routes by the proposed changes include Adamsville, Brighton, Forestdale, Fairfield, Lipscomb and Midfield.  Due to increased funding approved by the City of Homewood, they will also see an extension of service. Route adjustments have been made and public information meetings will be held to outline the changes and give the public an opportunity to better understand the new routes.

 

The following schedule outlines all upcoming public information meetings –

 

Midfield- Route Expansion

Tuesday, May 28,2019- 6:00pm                     

Midfield Recreation Center                                                                         

410 Grant Street

Midfield, Al 35228

 

Intermodal Facility- Route Expansion

Wednesday, May 29,2019

9:00am-10:00am, 5:00pm-6:00pm

1801 Morris Avenue, 2nd Floor

Birmingham, Al 35203

 

Fairfield- Resuming Services

Thursday, May 30,2019- 6:00pm

6509 EJ Oliver Blvd.

Fairfield, Al 35064

 

Homewood- Route Expansion

Monday, June 3,2019- TBA

Homewood City Hall

2850 19th St. South

Homewood, Al 35209

 

 

Forestdale- Route Expansion

Tuesday, June 4,2019- 6:00pm

Forestdale Park Recreation Center

320 Avenue D.

Birmingham, Al 35214

 

Brighton- Route Expansion

TBA

Brighton City Hall

3700 Main Street

Brighton, Al 35020

 

Liscomb- Route Expansion

TBA

Liscomb City Hall

5512 Avenue H.

Liscomb, Al 35020

 

Adamsville- Route Expansion

TBA

Adamsville City Hall-

4828 Main Street

Adamsville, Al 35005

 

 

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BEST MAX BUS DRIVER ANNOUNCED AT OTHER AWARDS

 

Birmingham Voted Online and during National Get On Board Day

 

Birmingham, AL (May 15, 2019). – Winners of The Other Awards were announced last night, including Best MAX Bus Driver, Ms. Nioka (CoCo) Boyce.  The Other Awards were created to honor those in our community who are often the unsung hero, those doing great things but receiving no recognition.

 

The awards were based on online nominations and votes cast by riders at MAX’s Central Station on National Get On Board Day.  Other categories included Birmingham Cheerleader, Favorite Birmingham City School Teacher, Funniest Person and Favorite Service Industry Worker (barista, bus boy, server, kitchen staff, bartender, etc.)

 

“We aren’t surprised that our riders chose Ms. Boyce,” said XXX.  “People always stop her when she is walking through Central Station with a friendly greeting and it is obvious she is very well liked and respected.”

 

Ms. Boyce has been driving for the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority for almost three and a half years.  She is currently driving buses on a range of routes including the #12, #18, #25, #26 and the 280 route. 

 

“My philosophy has always been that doing what’s right is right, just not always easy,” Ms. Boyce offered.  “It is important to me that I try to notice things about people as individuals, find a way to encourage or lift them up.  Our drivers are the face of the BJCTA, the first and last person a rider sees when they ride our buses.  We have the ability to genuinely impact their day and I take that seriously.”

 

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Birmingham, AL (May 8, 2019) – This morning, May 8th, an incident occurred on the Jefferson State Community College campus. The individual involved rode a MAX bus to the Jefferson State campus. The Jefferson State Community College campus law enforcement responded and further investigation into the incident is being conducted by law enforcement officers. At its conclusion and as more facts become available, we will make them known.

 

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Change will be implemented on June 3, 2019.


Birmingham, AL (May 3, 2019) – Beginning Monday, June 3rd the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Customer Care Center will open later Monday through Saturday and close one hour earlier on Saturday in the Fixed Route Center. The Paratransit Center will only open for five hours on Sunday. These changes were based on data collected which show a limited call pattern before 5:30 AM and after 8 PM. Weekly hours are outlined as follows:

FIXED ROUTE

PARATRANSIT

 

 

MONDAY – FRIDAY

MONDAY – FRIDAY

5:30 AM – 9:00 PM

5:30 AM – 9:00 PM

 

 

SATURDAY

SATURDAY

6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

 

 

SUNDAY

SUNDAY

CLOSED

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

 

 

The Customer Care Center, which can be reached by calling (205) 521-0101, is available to answer riders questions and assist with any issues or concerns.

“We are continually looking at everything we do in an effort to offer our riders the best service possible,” said Myrna Pittman, director of customer care and marketing.  “It is important that our customer care center be open the hours when the largest number of our riders require assistance, therefore we made the changes to reflect that.”

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama.  The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees.  For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

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BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES

 

SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL GET ON BOARD DAY

 

Birmingham, AL (April 30, 2019) – Last Thursday, April 25th, transit systems across the country, including the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, celebrated “National Get On Board Day.” The day is set aside by the American Public Transportation Association to commemorate the value and benefit of public transportation to communities. 

 

To encourage new riders to use public transit through the MAX system and to thank current riders, all fares were waived on April 25th.  This led to an increase of 7.6% in BJCTA riders.  “We suffered a very rainy afternoon on Thursday, and we believe based on data from other rainy days in the month of April, that if it had been sunny, our ridership would have risen more than 10% percent”, said Frank T. Martin, Interim Executive Director at BJCTA.

 

In addition to the free fares, a celebration was held at BJCTA Central Station with music, free food and prizes.  

 

“We are thrilled that so many people chose National Get On Board Day as a time to give public transportation a try,” said Martin.  “There are so many advantages for utilizing public transportation, to both the community at large and the individual.  It stimulates economic development, saves money for the rider and is a greener option for transportation.  A healthy public transportation system is part and parcel for a thriving community.”

 

For every dollar invested in public transportation, it generates four dollars in economic return.  Communities with a healthy public transportation system reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually and save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. 

 

The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama.  The Authority averages three million riders per year with more than 300 employees.  For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.

 

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Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority received a threat today indicating that a bomb had been placed in Central Station.  The Birmingham Police Department Bomb Squad is currently investigating.  All other questions should be directed to the Birmingham Police Department as this is an active situation.

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Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority
Commemorates National Get On Board Day with Free Rides

National Get On Board Day will be held on April 25, 2019.

 

Birmingham, AL (April 23, 2019) The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in National Get On Board Day on Thursday, April 25th.  The BJCTA will commemorate the value and benefit of public transit on National Get On Board Day by providing free transportation all day long to every rider.

Governor Kay Ivey proclaimed April 25th as Get On Board Day. Additionally, the mayors of Birmingham, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Tarrant and Vestavia have all proclaimed April 25th as Get On Board Day in their respective cities to support this national advocacy day.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), National Get On Board Day is a day set aside to encourage people to support and utilize public transportation.  It also showcases the benefits public transportation brings to communities.  Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation and can be a gateway to prosperity, education and opportunity. It transforms communities and people by encouraging economic development. For every dollar invested in public transportation, it generates four dollars in economic returns.

Frank T. Martin, Interim Executive Director of the BJCTA, shared that this day will provide an opportunity for new riders to experience the value, safety and savings of public transportation. “Support from the mayors of Jefferson County has been incredible. The transit authority values the relationship with our partner cities, and we want to continue to provide exceptional service to those residents.”

By utilizing public transportation, riders support a greener environment. Communities that invest in public transit reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually and the overall effects save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.

Not only does transportation through the BJCTA provide economic value and encourages a more environmentally friendly way to travel, it’s also a safer way to travel. For those traveling by public transportation, they are 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile and a person can reduce his or her chance of being in an accident by more than 90 percent by taking public transportation.

For more information on how to coordinate your travel through the BJCTA during National Get On Board Day, please visit https://maxtransit.org/ and plan your trip.

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Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Announces Route and Schedule Changes
Implementation Begins on May 20, 2019.

 

Birmingham, AL (April 3, 2019) – The BJCTA continuously evaluates and reviews routes and schedules to positively impact its riders and partner cities. The changes in routes and schedules will begin on May 20th and include improvements to increase frequency and reflect real traffic conditions to allow riders the most efficient public transportation system. Public information sessions regarding the changes will be held at the Intermodal Facility on April 4th at 9 AM, 12 PM and 5:30 PM, anyone seeking more information about the route and schedule modifications are encouraged to attend a meeting.

Changes are as follows:

Schedule Changes –

3 Jefferson Wenonah
12 Highlands
18 Fountain Heights
14 Idlewild Palisades
31 Hwy 31 South
40 Fairmont
43 Zoo
48 South Powderly
91 Intermodal Connector

Route Changes –

90 Magic City Connector

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