NARCOG bus route flag

This is one of the blue flags that will be used to mark NARCOG Transit Agency's downtown Decatur looping test route beginning Monday. [BRUCE MCLELLAN/THE DECATUR DAILY]

A passenger bus route that loops through Old Decatur and downtown will begin service on a test basis Monday with 13 stops.

Robby Cantrell, director of NARCOG Regional Transit Agency, said the route is designed to help transport passengers to different spots downtown and could become a hub connecting to routes into all of Decatur. 

The 3-mile route will be in service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fare will be $1 per trip, with children under 12 riding free with an adult. The test route is scheduled to continue through September.

Cantrell said there will be no changes to existing services.

He said he hopes a bus can cover the route in about 24 minutes. Plans are for the route eventually to use one of the four new blue buses that the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments will begin adding to its fleet as soon as this month.

Route stops will be marked by blue flags.

Stops on the route will include: Decatur Public Library, Fourth Avenue Northeast at the Cook Museum of Natural Science, a public parking lot on Grant Street Southeast near Second Avenue, a public parking lot at First Avenue and Grant, the Alabama Center for the Arts at First Avenue, an Oak Street public parking lot west of the Morgan County Courthouse, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, the Old State Bank, the Historic Decatur Depot, the Morgan County Archives, Walden Oaks, Holly Street at the Cook Museum and the Princess Theater before the bus returns to the library.

brucem@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2431. Twitter @BruceMcLellan1

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