Cobb Commissioners approved changes to CobbLinc Tuesday. It’s the county’s public transit system.
The changes come as part of the CobbLinc Forward transit plan. Some of the changes include adding a new route, 10X, which will use rapid bus transit from Kennesaw to downtown Atlanta.
Three routes will be eliminated due to low ridership, but CobbLinc will begin offering Sunday service.
Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce said that’s a direct result of talking to the business community.
“They expressed a concern that on the weekend, their service workers have a rough time getting to work,” Boyce said. “They’re an essential part of our economy and expanding our routes to include Sunday service now is really going to be complimenting the economic prosperity you see in this county right now."
Boyce said those service workers include waiters in restaurants and hotel workers, who are sometimes taken for granted.
For residents in the southern part of the county, Austell and Powder Springs, there will be on-demand services.
Boyce said the plan is to partner with rideshare services like Uber and Lyft use a voucher program to offer discounted rides for residents to bus stops or transit centers.
Adding new routes and Sunday service will cost just under $7 million with some fund coming from federal and local levels.
The changes are set to go into effect on July 1.