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New App Lets Riders Schedule Trips on Public Transit

A new app running in one Georgia county may soon be a modern solution in the 123 Georgia counties with a public transportation option, as it allows riders to schedule trips via their mobile device.

The Morgan County Transit System enables local citizens, who do not have means of transportation, access to the grocery store, place of employment, doctors’ appointments, and many other destinations. The 5311 Rural Transit program currently runs in 123 of Georgia’s 159 counties.
 
Recently, Morgan County became the first rural transit operation to successfully deploy a free rider application, “GDOT Transportation”, now available on all app store equipped mobile devices. The QRyde-powered dispatching software schedules rural transit trips, offering another convenient option for modern needs.
 
Stephanie Martin, Morgan County Rural Program Transit Director, wants potential riders to use this new digital booking tool. The GDOT Transportation app will soon be available in all participating statewide transit programs though Morgan County was the first.
 
“The GDOT app has brought technology to the transit system,” Martin said. “It has proven to be an easy and efficient means for clients to request their trip information.”
 
Morgan County Transit currently operates five buses, three with ADA accessibility. For the most recent ridership numbers prior to the COVID-19 impacts, the county logged 23,500 annual one-way passenger trips.
 
Those interested in service bookings must make reservations by 4:45 p.m. the business day before to guarantee service. Same-day trip requests will only be honored if space is available. Buses operate Monday through Friday starting a 6 a.m. and ending with the last pickup at 5:15 p.m.
 
Rates inside the city of Madison are $1.25 per trip, while outside the city is $1.50 per trip. Visit https://www.morganga.org/158/Public-Transportation for more information and instructions on the new rider app.

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