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Courtesy Tips to Remember When Riding Transit

We want all of our Xpress riders to enjoy each commute with our service, so we need your help! Here are a few courtesy tips to remember while riding Xpress:

One Paid Fare = One Seat  

Please do not take up an available seat with your belongings. Items can be stored at your feet, in the overhead compartments or in your lap. If the driver makes this announcement during your trip, please comply with his or her request.

Lower Volume Levels

Not only should headphones be used when listening to music or watching videos, but please remember to keep the volume down to a low level. Headphones do not prevent all noise for those around you.

Limit or Eliminate Phone Calls

It is important to remember that taking phone calls can disturb the commuters around you. We want to encourage you to limit or eliminate your phone calls during your trip. If you do take a phone call, please keep your voice low.

Use Resealable Lids  

Please only drink out of containers with resealable lids to avoid any spills on the bus. Using these types of containers will help with ensuring the safety of our passengers as well as the cleanliness of our buses.

Be Mindful of ADA Passenger Seats

We would like to remind you that the first two seats on the Xpress buses are reserved for ADA passengers. If you need ADA assistance, please let the driver know before your trip. For more information, click here.

Transit Operations Appreciation Week

Next week (October 30-November 3), we are kicking off our Transit Operations Appreciation Week! This week is to honor our hardworking staff who keep our transit operations running smoothing on a daily.

We have a great week of activities planned for the members of our staff and we want you to get involved as well! Join us in celebrating by thanking you bus driver with a hand written thank you card. Make your driver smile with a note of appreciation. Download the thank you card template here.

Xpress Pass: Use It Before It’s Gone!

If you have an Xpress Pass with the expiration date of December 31, 2017, be sure to use it before it’s too late! After December 31st, any funds that you have on your pass will expire for good. We will not issue any refunds or exchanges. For more information, contact our Customer Service Center at 844-XPRSSGA (977-7742).

Ride Smart: Tips for Riding Public Transportation

Utilizing public transportation on a daily commute isn’t everyone’s idea of a stress-free experience. Most people associate this form of transportation with a commute that will be loud, frustrating and difficult. However, it is possible to enjoy your ride without wanting to pull your hair out!

We want to ensure that your riding experience is hassle-free with Xpress, so here are some helpful tips for riding public transportation.

Tip #1: Know the game plan. Do not begin your commute without familiarizing yourself with the route you plan to take and the time schedule. There is nothing worse than getting lost or being late to your destination. The MyXpress App is a great tool to help you plan your commute.

Tip #2: Pack for the ride. In Atlanta, a commute can be 15 minutes or even an hour. No matter how long it takes, be prepared. Pack things for entertainment, projects to work on, anything that will help your commute go by smoothly.

Tip #3: Prepare your payment of choice. With Xpress, you can pay via our fare box, or by using an Xpress pass or Breeze card. Whichever you’re planning to use, make sure to have it out before entering the bus to avoid having the hassle of searching for it at the bus door.

Tip #4: Build a relationship with your bus driver. Your driver is not just there to drive – they are also your guide. You can talk to your driver about any questions or concerns you may have, so do not hesitate to communicate with them.

Tip #5: Remember courtesy tactics. To ensure that everyone enjoys their ride with Xpress, we encourage our riders to be courteous of others. This can be done by keeping your music in your headphones on a respectable volume, refraining from loud talking, be mindful of personal space, etc.

Labor Day Weekend: September 1-3

It’s going to be an extremely busy weekend in Atlanta for Labor Day Weekend. This Thursday and Friday, we are expecting an increased traffic volume during the afternoon commutes.
Although we will make every effort to adhere to regularly scheduled times, please anticipate potential delays. Please check Twitter.com/XpressGa to follow Twitter for updates or sign up for the myXpress app to get service alerts. Learn more about Labor Day Festivities:

 

Dragon Con: Sept. 1 – 4  (Downtown)Nerd out (and cosplay) all weekend long at the largest sci-fi/fantasy convention full of games, panel discussions, fan events and celebrity meet and greets with Hyatt Regency Atlanta as the center. Dragon Con has something for everyone’s inner child from Star Wars to Doctor Who to anime to superheroes. Parking limited. MARTA encouraged.

Join one of the largest Black Gay Pride events in the world. This year, events will take place all over the city, including symposium, seminars, social events, entertainment and signature events.

The Atlanta Weekender: Aug. 31- Sept. 4(4th Ward) A soulful dance party preamble to HITP (House in the Park, see above), The Atlanta Weekender allows music enthusiasts a chance to gather throughout the long weekend at various venues in the Edgewood district to shake it to their favorite and emerging artists in the genres of soul, house afrobeat and more. Passes start at $40.

Starting Friday night with the Night Balloon Glow, spend Labor Day weekend hot air balloon-hopping (or viewing,) listening to live music, attending a classic car show or playing games at the beach. This festival guarantees a unique experience for everyone who attends, all under a brightly-colored, balloon-covered sky. Admission is per person, per day and based on age.  Tethered Balloon Rides are an additional $10 per person. For detailed pricing chart, click here.

Stone Mountain Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 2 – 4Grab your picnic basket, lawn chairs and frisbee and head to Stone Mountain for a weekend of rock climbing, hiking and sun-worshipping. Stay for the famous mountain-side laser show, followed by a special fireworks display.

Art in the Park: Sept. 2- 4  (Marietta) Art in the Park is a fine arts festival featuring artists and photographers from around the country. Shop the artist market, let your kids get creative in the children’s art alley or take an historic walking tour of Marietta Square. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Free deck and street parking.

Chick-fil-A College Football Kickoff games: Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 Say goodbye to summer and hello to the start of college football! Celebrate the South’s other religion with fan events and a visit to the College Football Hall of Fame before heading to the big game. The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Florida Seminoles at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will face the Tennessee Volunteers at 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets from the site are all sold out, but tickets and MVP packages are available at PrimeSpot, a ticket exchange and hospitality provider.

Check out the several fan events before the game at the Georgia World Congress Center and the International Plaza. Pay for parking in advance using Parking Panda or take Marta.

Saturday

Dragon Con parade What could beat the rabid fandom of college football? The equally devoted Dragon Con participants. Join the throngs of fans, families and the curious along the nearly one-mile route down Peachtree Street for the most spectacular, fantasy-laden people-watching ever. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Early arrival recommended for optimal viewing. Parking limited. Use MARTA. Attending Dragon Con? Here’s how to survive.

SUNDAY

Lowcountry boil and pig roast Pay homage to summer and the South with Oak Steakhouse and Colletta in Alpharetta at their low country boil and pig roast. Head over to Avalon’s Palmer Plaza from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a night of live music and enjoy a pigroast along with a variety of special sides, desserts and cocktails. There will be a bounce house, bocce ball, cornhole and face painting for all to enjoy, especially the kids. $40 for adults. $20 for kids(ages 6 to 12). Oak Steakhouse and Colletta, 950 3rd Street, Alpharetta.

House in the Park  Join DJ Ramon Rawsoul and a host of local, regional and international DJs and artists in Grant Park from noon to 8 p.m. for an all-day, house music extravaganza. Free. Parking limited. Use MARTA. 537 Park Avenue Southeast, Atlanta

MONDAY (LABOR DAY)

Big Peach Sizzler 10K An Atlanta Labor Day tradition, this 10K course from Chamblee to Buckhead raises funds for cystic fibrosis research while securing a Peachtree Road Race qualifying time. Celebrate your finish at the big, post-race bash featuring food, music and freebies. Lace up your running shoes and be ready to race for a cause at 7:30 a.m. $50 race fee before September 1 and $55 after.

Welcome to Xpress University!

We are excited to announce that our new initiative, Xpress University, has launched! Xpress University will utilize our Xpress commuter service to provide students with a reliable, affordable, stress-free commute to major educational centers. Students can enjoy a comfortable ride with everything they need to get a head start on their school work – free Wi-Fi, USB posts, outlets and more!

Xpress is targeting college students from Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Atlanta Metro State College, Clark Atlanta University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Mercer Law School, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta Technical College, Spelman College and Morehouse College.

Be on the lookout students – we are headed to your campus soon to bring you more information on Xpress University! In the meantime, check out our site at http://www.xpressga.com/xpressuniversity!