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Breeze 101

We accept Breeze! Using a Breeze card is the easiest way to pay your fare for metro Atlanta’s major transit agencies. It utilizes smart card technology to load, store and redeem numerous types of fare products as well as allowing transfers between transit systems. Xpress accepts Breeze cards on all of our routes, including those operated by GCT and CCT.

Breeze is recommended if:

  • You want a FREE transfer to or from MARTA.
  • You want your pass available quickly.
  • You only want to keep up with one card.

Breeze is NOT recommended if:

  • You obtain your pass through your employer.

Products Available
Customers can use Round-Trip, 10-Ride, and 31-Day passes for all Xpress operated routes. Customers may also use “stored cash value” to pay a one-way fare or to pay fare differences between zones.

How to Buy
Visit breezecard.com or any Breeze Vending Machine at the MARTA rail stations to obtain a card, purchase passes, and load “stored cash value.”

How to Transfer to and from MARTA
Customers who wish to transfer between Xpress and MARTA must use a Breeze card for their pass. When using a Breeze card to transfer between Xpress and MARTA, simply tap onto an Xpress coach or onto MARTA and a free transfer will automatically be loaded onto your Breeze card. You will then have 3 hours to transfer to the other transit system for free.

Expiration Dates
Products loaded onto Breeze cards never expire; however, only 4 different products may be loaded at one time.

Using more than one fare zone or pass product
If you have a Green Zone pass and are traveling on a route designated as Blue Zone, an additional $1 (referred to as an “upcharge”) is required to board the coach. The $1 charge can be automatically deducted from your card, provided you have “stored cash value” on your Breeze card.

A Blue Zone pass is valid on all Blue and Green Zone routes for the convenience of customers who regularly use more than one route. Please note: If you use a Blue Zone pass on a Green Zone route, you will be charged at the more expensive Blue Zone rate. We strongly recommend that customers who regularly ride both Green and Blue Zone routes buy Green Zone passes on Breeze and pay any additional upcharges using “stored cash value”. This is the most effective way to ensure customers are paying the proper fare.

All Sales Final

All pass sales are final. No refunds or exchanges are available. GRTA will not replace lost or stolen Breeze cards or products. Visit the Breeze website to learn more about how you can receive free balance protection.

Places to Go: Xpress Ride Guide

Here are 5 of our top favorite restaurants near Xpress bus stops in Atlanta, be sure to check out for a delicious meal:
1)Aviva by Kameel
225 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30303

2)Fandangles
165 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

3)Bistro Niko
3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste 150, Atlanta, GA 30326

4)Ray’s in the City
249 Peachtree St, Atlanta GA 30303

5)STK Atlanta
1075 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309

Books Guaranteed to Improve Your Commute

Who doesn’t love a good read? As you are letting our Xpress drivers drive you to and from work, enjoy the ride with a list of books that will keep you intrigued. You can be sure these books listed are fantastic and definitely worth your time. The books listed are all highly recommended by The New Your Times Best Sellers List.

FIND HER, by Lisa Gardner. (Dutton.)
ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes.
BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb.
NYPD RED 4, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
THE CHOICE, by Nicholas Sparks.
BREAKDOWN, by Jonathan Kellerman.
THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins.
THE WOLVES, by Alex Berenson.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, by Elizabeth Strout.
THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir.
THE REVENANT, by Michael Punke.
A TASTE FOR DEATH, by P. D. James.

Upgrading Your Commute 2016

The GRTA Board of Directors voted on Wednesday, August 12 to adopt the Direct Xpress Service Plan as a framework for transforming the Xpress commuter coach service over the next decade and beyond. GRTA will now move towards implementing Horizon 1, with changes anticipated to go into effect in spring of 2016. After two years of extensive analysis exploring existing and potential service (read more about the Direct Xpress project here), we’re confident that the approved service will create an Xpress that is better suited to meet the needs of metro Atlanta’s commuters. That means an Xpress that gives you more:

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The best way to stay up to date is by visiting upgradeyourcommute.com, which is a new site that will serve as a centralized location for information about upcoming Xpress service changes, including comprehensive information about each route’s anticipated changes.

More reliable. We want to be a service that you can rely on to get you to home or work on time. We’re streamlining our routing to avoid bottlenecks, tight turns and congested intersections; all of which will help us stick more closely to our schedules.

More flexible. We want to be there when you need us. We’re expanding our service hours, cutting wait times and increasing the number of trips so that you can commute when you are ready.

More intuitive. Traffic is stressful. Figuring out your commute shouldn’t be. We’re simplifying our routes and route numbering so there is less to remember. No more wondering if the bus you’re on continues to Midtown or stops at Civic Center. No more wondering if the trip you would like to take will show up since it is Friday. We are running the same, simplified service every day, every trip, for every route.

More service. Atlanta is growing and so are we. As mentioned in this August 12 article in the AJC, we’re adding three new routes into Perimeter Center and we aren’t stopping there. In the coming years, we will be adding additional service around the region. That means more trips, in more times and even expanding or building new park-and-rides. We will be tying these new park-and-rides into Georgia’s new Express Lanes systems so that we can get you on your way even faster than we are able to today. One of our most exciting upcoming opportunities is exploring ways to provide service to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

We are extremely excited to move forward with finalizing Horizon 1 changes and beginning the extensive work required for their implementation. Over the next several months, we will be working to determine specific trip times, exact stop locations, and details about fares that will require additional examination and public input before they are finalized. In coordination with our partners, we’ll also be working to mitigate concerns that our current customers have raised with some aspects of the service changes.

“Find My Bus” app in the works

We are excited to announce that Xpress has begun working with Atlanta-based software company RouteMatch, the world’s leading provider of passenger transportation technologies, to outfit the Xpress fleet with bus tracking technology.

We anticipate big benefits for our customers, including:

  • Real-time bus location information, including anticipated arrival and departure times for your stop
  • “Find My Bus” mobile app and web portal
  • Text-based service alerts
  • Streamlined trip planning and transfers between transit providers

RouteMatch software will also provide plenty of benefits for our behind-the-scenes operations, including more efficient communication with our drivers, more robust security features on our coaches, and faster, more comprehensive awareness about traffic and service conditions for our dispatch and customer service representatives.

We’re just beginning our partnership with RouteMatch, and rolling out the new tracking system across Xpress service requires a great deal of coordinated effort, including installing updated equipment on our coaches, training our drivers and staff, and configuring the mobile app to best serve our riders’ needs. We are beginning the implementation process this summer, and hope to unveil it for our riders in early 2016.

Bus tracking isn’t the only new technology Xpress is thinking about. In addition to testing a toll credits pilot program this spring and adding new options for purchasing and storing Xpress passes on MARTA Breeze cards, we’re continuously looking for new technological tools to help improve Xpress. What kind of technologies do you hope we’ll explore next?

Guaranteed Ride Home

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from people considering riding Xpress is: “What if there’s an emergency and I have to get home quickly — won’t I be stuck in Atlanta?” When something happens — your child is sick, or you are, for example — the last thing you want is to be trapped at work without the flexibility of your own transportation.

The Guaranteed Ride Home service helps give you the freedom of flexibility when life interferes with your standard commute schedule. Xpress customers can receive up to five free rides per year for emergency uses, so that when unscheduled events require you to leave work early or stay at the office late, you’ll still be able to get home or back to your car.

Here’s how you can qualify:
  1. Fill out this form and return it by mail or fax to the Atlanta Regional Commission before you need a ride home.
  2. You’ll receive a confirmation letter from the Atlanta Regional Commission approving your participation in the program.
  3. Ride to work by carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit, walking, or biking.
  4. Work in one of the following counties (Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton)
  5. Have an unscheduled event which causes you to need the service. Click here to see what qualifies as an unexpected event.
  6. Call 1-877-433-3463 to schedule your ride.

Ready to sign up? Click here to begin your registration and learn more about the program.