Announcements, News Releases

BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES MAX-DIRECT
AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 1, 2019

 

Innovative On-Demand Ride Share Service For Mountain Brook Customers

 

Birmingham, AL (October 31, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) announces the launch of MAX-DIRECT, a flexible and dynamic on-demand microtransit shuttle which will service riders to Mountain Brook.  The new service, available beginning Monday, November 4, 2019, will replace two fixed routes, Route 502 Cherokee Bend and 504 Hermitage.

 

Similar to a ride-hailing service, MAX-DIRECT uses a smartphone App for riders to schedule customized curb-to-curb microtransit trips. A smaller, neighborhood-friendly shuttle bus will pick up riders at Central Station and drop them off at a requested address.  It will also pick passengers up at their destination within the coverage area and deliver them to Central Station.  The new service canalso accommodate passengers with disabilities.

 

A press conference to announce additional details and an App tutorial will be held on November 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at BJCTA Central Station, 1735 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL. 

 

“We are always looking for ways to ensure that our service meets the needs of our customers.  We at BJCTA believe that the MAX-DIRECT service will help accomplish that,” said Frank T. Martin, Executive Director/CEO of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority.  “By simplydownloading the TransLoc App, they will have the ability to request a ride, obtain an estimated pick up time and track their bus in real time.”

 

BJCTA recognizes that not all customers have access to a smart phone, making usage of the App an impossibility.  For those customers, requests for rides will be accepted online at www.ondemand.transloc.com or by calling 205-521-0101, #5.  Wait times for service are subject to vehicle availability and demand.

 

As technology evolves and transit offerings expand, the BJCTA continues to search for innovative ways to address accessibility and customer mobility.  This new service offers a complement to existing fixed route bus service by providing a curb to curb service that is more direct.

 

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.

 

TransLoc is a subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility. They are a part of a broad suite of mobility solutions intended to enhance both public and private transit agencies. Together, they are working to solve the world’s mobility challenges and usher in the future of modern transportation in every part of the globe.  For more information, visit www.transloc.com.

 

0

News Releases
  For more information, contact:
Becci Hart or Lauren Bland
Intermark Group
205.803.0000
Rick Journey
City of Birmingham
205.478.4927

 

New Farmers Market to Open at BJCTA Central Station on October 30th

 

Birmingham, AL (October 16, 2019) – The new Birmingham Central Market, which will be located at 1600 Morris Avenue and adjacent to the MAX Central Station, will open Wednesday, October 30, 2019 with an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony. Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Executive Director Frank T. Martin will join Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, city councilors, community members and social service organizations for the grand opening.  

 

Fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey will be sold to the public Monday through Friday, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Five farmers are currently confirmed to sell at the market, which will accept SNAP/EBT.

 

The market is a result of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and the City of Birmingham uniting to address the city’s food deserts. Almost 70% of Birmingham residents live in areas the United States Department of Agriculture has designated as food deserts, which are defined as an urban area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. The new market will aid in providing fresh produce to residents using the MAX system and traveling through downtown Birmingham.

 

The City of Birmingham received an initial grant of $50,000 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to start the Central Market. The City of Birmingham contributed an additional $100,000, the BJCTA provided $50,000 towards construction and $43,000 in-kind donations were given to move the Central Market from an idea to a reality. Hundreds of people use MAX daily, making the downtown hub an ideal location for the farmers market.

 

“Our hope is that by opening the Central Market at the MAX Central Station, Birmingham residents will find it easier to access the fresh food they need for themselves and their families,” said Mayor Woodfin. “But this market isn’t just for MAX riders, it is for the entire city.  We know that if barriers are removed to make it easier to access fresh and affordable food, we will have a healthier community.”

 

Organizers hope the market is just the beginning of seeing lives and people’s health improved.

 

“We are concerned about the lives of our customers and are thrilled to be able to offer them this service,” said Martin. “The Central Market has the possibility to make a real difference in the health of the entire community.”

 

0

Announcements, Front Page Items, General Information, Public Notice

ADA Paratransit Advisory Committee MEETING 

 

When:  Thursday, October 17, 2019

Where:  Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

3105 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd

Birmingham, Alabama   35203

(Operations Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

 

The Paratransit Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity of advocates for transit.  During this meeting, the attendees may review transit information, upcoming projects, ask questions and discuss comments and complaints with BJCTA staff members. The Open Session will begin at 2:30 PM and will end at 3:30PM.

 

Written comments or complaints may be submitted during the meeting or by email to ada@bjcta.org.  Comment forms are available on BJCTA’s Website. 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR FOR INDIVIDUALS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE / REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS, CONTACT:

 

The Civil Rights Compliance officer / ADA Officer

Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

ada@bjcta.org

205-521-0101

 

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE (3) BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING

0

News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Becci Hart or Lauren Bland
Intermark Group
205.803.0000

 

New Buses Join Fleet of Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

 

 Birmingham, AL (September 30, 2019) – The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) today added 11 new fixed route buses to their fleet. The new 35-foot buses run on carbon natural gas (CNG) that minimizes harmful carbon deposits to the environment, which leads to a cleaner and more efficient engine.

 

Six of the 11 buses were purchased from a $3.6 million competitive low emission, no emission award received by BJCTA in early 2016. The other five were purchased from existing Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities) and Section 5307 (Preventative Maintenance) grant awards that were apportioned to BJCTA in 2018 and 2019 based on ridership data. All the new buses will be used to replace old fleet that have met their useful life. The useful life of these vehicles is 12 years or 500,000 miles. The average age of BJCTA’s fleet is approximately 6 years old.

 

“The BJCTA is always looking for ways to improve the quality our fleet with the goal of enhancing our customers experience.” said Frank T. Martin, BJCTA Executive Director. “These new buses have a higher curb switch which assist riders in wheelchairs or those needing assistance entering or exiting the bus. They are also equipped with improved WIFI, 19-inch displays monitors, and other upgraded features.”

 

The new buses officially join the BJCTA fleet today.

 

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.


     

0

               ***************  This RFQ is administered by  the City of Birmingham ********************

The City of Birmingham (City) desires to select a Program Management Services Consultant Firm for their new Bus Rapid Transit Service. The selected firm will be responsible to provide overall project management including coordination with the City, the FTA, design consultants, and all other stakeholders as well as developing monthly costs, and schedule update reports. The project includes approximately 10 miles of high capacity public transit in the City of Birmingham, Terminus Station to be at each end and 32 curbside station platforms along the route.

Bid #20-17 “RFQ for Program Management Services”

RFQ #20-17 Addendum No. 1 

RFQ #20-17 Addendum No. 2

 

0

News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:

Lauren Bland or Becci Hart

Intermark Group Public Relations

205.803.0000

 

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.

0

Announcements, Front Page Items, General Information, Public Notice

ADA Paratransit Advisory Committee MEETING 

 

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Where:  Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

3105 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd

Birmingham, Alabama   35203

(Operations Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

 

The Paratransit Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity of advocates for transit.  During this meeting, the attendees may review transit information, upcoming projects, ask questions and discuss comments and complaints with BJCTA staff members. The Open House Session will begin at 2:30 PM and will end at 3:30PM.

 

Written comments or complaints may be submitted during the meeting or by email to ada@bjcta.org.  Comment forms are available on BJCTA’s Website. 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR FOR INDIVIDUALS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE / REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS, CONTACT:

 

The Civil Rights Compliance officer / ADA Officer

Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority

ada@bjcta.org

205-521-0101

 

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE (3) BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING

0

X