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Playlist: Our rider-inspired commute theme song

We’ve been getting a kick out of all the Commute Theme Song submissions our riders sent in last month. Here are just a few of our favorites:

 

Happy, Pharrell Williams, sent in by jewels g, elaine miller, Denise N. (who was randomly selected to receive a miniature Xpress bus!), John Williams, and vernieta Higgins

 

Beautiful Morning, The Rascals, sent in by Janice Whitten

 

On The Road Again, Willie Nelson, sent in by Marsha Swanson and Carole Golder

 

Rolling On The River, Tina Turner, sent in by Nancy Butler (who was also randomly selected to receive a miniature bus this month!)

 

We had such a good time reading our riders’ responses this month that we’re offering another opportunity to win a miniature bus of your own. Click here to participate.

What our riders are saying…

It has been such a pleasure to meet and talk to the riders at the park-and-ride lots during the anniversary celebration events, and it is immensely satisfying to hear from you directly about the positive impact Xpress has had on your commutes.

 

Here’s what you’ve been telling us:

 

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Some of you have also given us feedback about routes you’d like to see expanded, proposed new times or stops, or similar suggestions. We love hearing this kind of feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to tell us your opinions personally—and we want to ensure your comments get to the best place so we can best adjust our service to your needs.

 

Right now, we’re in the midst of a top-to-bottom comprehensive analysis of Xpress service, and we are currently seeking  public input. If you have recommendations for our service, please take a moment to visit this site: DirectXpress.xpressga.com. Leaving feedback there is the best way to ensure your opinions are heard.

Thanks so much for all your comments so far!

What’s your commute theme song?

We’ve gotten to meet a lot of Xpress riders during our anniversary celebrations, and one of the things we’ve noticed is that people really, really want a miniature bus.

The number one question we get from riders during our events is, How can I get a miniature bus?

Miniature Xpress buses

Unfortunately, these buses are in such high demand, and we have so few of them, that we’ve had to start hiding them from our own employees. Now, you have a chance to win a miniature bus of your very own (plus, it’s also a coin bank!).

We’ll be drawing out two winners on July 1st.

How do you get your name in the hat? It’s easy. In the comment section below, tell us what your commute theme song would be. Here are some of our favorites to get you going:

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Tell us your personal commute theme song below (and make sure you include your email address–it won’t be public) and we’ll enter you into our quarterly drawing. Even better? Include a link to your favorite version of the song!

Introducing Direct Xpress… Upgrading Your Commute

We are continuously seeking to improve your Xpress commute. To that end, we’re undertaking a year-long, comprehensive analysis of our operations, the first of its kind for Xpress service.

Direct Xpress is your opportunity to tell us what you like about our current Xpress service, and what you’d like to see in the future.

Beginning on April 14 and continuing for two weeks, data surveyors will be onboard the coaches asking you to participate in surveys during your Xpress commute. They’ll be wearing badges that look like this:

 

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We hope you’ll take the time to provide your feedback, so that future Xpress service reflects your commute needs.

Read more about the new, 18-month-long analysis and what we hope Direct Xpress will achieve for your commute by visiting directxpress.xpressga.com.

 

Will 2014 be Atlanta’s Year of the Bike?

Atlanta is on a mission to become one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. Here are some of the recent bicycling highlights from around the city:

-Last February, the City Council passed a $2.5 million city bond to fund 15 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Atlanta. Last fall, Midtown saw the first of these with a new cycle track on 10th Street, creating six continuous miles of bike paths between Midtown and the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

-In November, the city unveiled the new Cycle Atlanta: Phase 1.0 plan, an implementation strategy to develop high-quality bikeways in the core of the city. Its recommendations include doubling the number of bike routes and seamlessly connecting bike paths, public transportation, and job centers throughout the city. Cycle Atlanta is a supplement to 2008’s Connect Atlanta plan, whose strategies for planning, building, and maintaining hundreds of connected bike paths across 34 neighborhoods are already being carried out.

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-In 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed became a champion for Atlanta’s Streets Alive, a social bicycling event, and Streets Alive saw attendance increase from 15,000 bicyclists in May to an estimated 83,000 in October. Expect additional events in 2014, including a whole new West End route.

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-Today, talks are underway about hiring Atlanta’s first “Chief Bicycle Officer” and the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project just announced that they’ve selected Atlanta as one of six new U.S. cities to join its highly successful, intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes.

What does this mean for Xpress riders? It’s getting easier every day to make a car-less commute in Atlanta. Xpress supports alternative commutes, and initiatives that help our riders continue to improve the environment, congestion, and the region’s quality of life. Read up on how to bring you bike on Xpress coaches.

Wanted: Commute Warriors

One of the best ways to help improve Atlanta’s traffic and commute options is by helping researchers gather data about transportation system performance and travel patterns.  There’s currently an opportunity for Xpress riders to do just that.

Georgia Tech’s Civil Engineering Drive Lab is looking for volunteer data collectors. As a participant in the research, you’ll install an Android app that runs in background on your smartphone and records trip data such as distance, speed, and travel route using GPS coordinates. This kind of information helps traffic engineers analyze congestion patterns and improve the transportation planning process.

If you’re interested in participating, visit their website http://transportation.ce.gatech.edu/commutewarrior or email commutewarrior@ce.gatech.edu. Participation is voluntary and you can opt out at any time by uninstalling the App.