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Get Paid to Ride Xpress

Riding Xpress to work means saving tons of money in gas and maintenance. But did you know it can also earn you extra cash? Georgia Commute Options offers cash and prizes to transit riders all over metro Atlanta, and you could be next.

• For new Xpress riders: Earn $5 a day — up to $150 — when you switch from driving alone to taking Xpress to and from work. Learn more at GaCommuteOptions.com/GimmeFive
• For current Xpress riders: Enter monthly $25 prize drawings just by logging your Xpress commute at GaCommuteOptions.com. The more commutes you log, the more times your name goes into the drawing!

Now is the perfect time to make a switch to a commute that pays. Georgia Commute Options wants to help you make the switch. Click to learn more today!
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Connect Cobb Open House, June 29

This past April, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the Environmental Assessment for Connect Cobb, a project intended to develop a transit solution for the mobility needs in the Northwest Atlanta Corridor. The project proposes the addition of Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) along U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway, including fourteen ART stations in Cobb County. The Environmental Assessment process includes a detailed evaluation of the benefits and impacts of the proposed improvements to the natural, built and social environments, ridership and travel time forecasts, and probable construction costs.

The public is invited to attend an open house this Monday, June 29 for the opportunity to review the Environmental Assessment and other documents, speak with project staff, and provide input on the project.

Where:
Cobb County Department of Transportation
1890 County Services Parkway
Marietta, GA 30008

When:
Monday, June 29
5:30p-7:30p

Public input is also invited via written statements, which will be accepted until July 14. More information about the open house, public input opportunities, and the Connect Cobb project is available on the Cobb County website.

Thank you, Route 421

Every year, we ask the Xpress community to donate to the Can-A-Thon. Every year, we’re amazed at the generosity of our riders, drivers, and staff–and this year was no exception. Route 421 blew us away with their donation of 301 cans, a contribution that helped Xpress donate more than 2,200 cans of food to help relieve hunger in our communities.

How many cans did your route contribute? Check it out here.

Today, we headed out to the West Conyers Park-and-Ride to show our appreciation in person.

We can’t wait to open our hearts even more in December 2015. In the meantime, we’re taking time this Valentine’s to reflect on the love and generosity we share in our community, and what prompts the selfless giving we see each winter.

What inspires you to give?

5 Things you didn’t know about The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s reach goes far beyond ringing bells and covering the metro area with red kettles. Here are five things you may not have known about The Salvation Army.

1.The Salvation Army has a variety of programs throughout the Metro Atlanta area. From their youth Summer Camping Program, to Disaster Services, to helping Senior Citizens in need of housing, The Salvation Army has programs that help many in our community.MAAC-Counties-Map

2. Each year The Salvation Army collects and distributes millions of pounds of food to those in need. The cans donated on Xpress coaches will be distributed through the metro region’s seven Salvation Army Financial Emergency Services CentersThese centers provide emergency and life-sustaining assistance with food, clothing, rent/mortgage, utilities, school supplies and furniture to individuals and families facing a financial crisis. One of these centers is even located right behind our Jonesboro Park-and-Ride. Click here to learn more about the Jonesboro Corps.

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3. The Salvation Army only coordinates one region-wide food drive every year. That means that the cans we collect this week must last The Salvation Army’s food pantries an entire year.

6324. The Salvation Army needs volunteers! From ringing a bell and collecting donations in the red kettle, to helping organize cans in the food pantry, to helping with youth activities through their Boys and Girls Clubs, a lot of hands are needed to keep The Salvation Army’s programs operating throughout the year. Click here to see how you can help.

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5. Forgot to go grocery shopping for you Can-A-Thon donation? You can still help! Click here to learn how you can donate non-food items or make a monetary contribution. For example, have an old working stove you would like to get rid of? The Salvation Army will even come pick it up from you…for free! Make your appointment here.

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Winter Weather Alerts: How to Prepare

As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, it’s a good time to ensure you’ve signed up to receive alerts about possible impacts to Xpress service. Weather and road conditions can change rapidly, sometimes within minutes, and our goal is to get you critical information as quickly as possible.

Here are the kinds of alerts you can expect, and when:

  • We Tweet changes, cancelations, and delays to individual routes as soon as we receive the information. If you’re wondering about the location of your specific bus, check the Twitter feed first–it’s the first place we post information. If you have a Twitter account, follow @XpressGA to get service notifications pushed to your smartphone. Don’t have a Twitter account? That’s okay! You can still view our Tweets by visiting http://twitter.com/XpressGA, or checking the Twitter feed on the right-hand side of the XpressGA.com homepage.
  • We also send out more detailed information via email. It takes longer to send this information out, so the most time-sensitive information will hit the Twitter feed first. However, if you provide us with your route information, we’re able to send you customized alerts tailored to your specific commute. Subscribe to our emails here.

 

Please check the Twitter feed and your email before beginning your commute, especially in the mornings, and we hope you stay safe and warm this winter season.

Presenting A Shared Value

At GRTA, we often hear how Xpress has improved the quality of life for our passengers, but we know that the impact of our service reaches well beyond the loyal customers who let us do the driving for them. A Shared Value highlights how Xpress helps all of the riders, employers, and taxpayers who live, work, and travel within Georgia’s most populous region. Supporting Xpress means supporting reduced traffic congestion for everyone as well as for helping companies to recruit and maintain top talent and move goods more easily throughout the region.

Check out our newest video, A Shared Value, to learn more about how Xpress is moving Georgia forward: