GDOT FRANK J HILL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

BARTOW TRANSIT WINS GDOT FRANK J. HILL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RURAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

On December 8, 2017, Bartow Transit won the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Frank J. Hill award for excellence in rural public transportation.  The award was presented at the 2017 Georgia Transit Association’s conference in Savannah, Georgia. Weldon Dudley, Transit Director and Peter Olson, County Administrator, accepted the award on behalf of Bartow County.

 Each year, GDOT presents an award to the most deserving rural public transit system in Georgia that performs best in the following criteria: • Growth in ridership •Quality of service and customer satisfaction •Use of innovative approaches to delivering services •Safety record •Marketing and community outreach

Each of the six GDOT District Public Transportation Coordinators (PTCs) nominate candidate rural transit systems for consideration, which are then evaluated and voted on.  Jamie Cochran, GDOT’s Transit Manager presented the award and recognized Freida Black, GDOT’s District 6 PTC, for her work in providing assistance to Bartow Transit.

Bartow Transit’s accomplishments in 2017 include (1) expansion of transit service hours in its rural area; (2) advancing the development of fixed route transit service in the urban part of the County; (3) providing a transit connection for Bartow commuters to connect to Cobb County’s CobbLink service at the I-75/U.S. 92 exit, providing a critical connection to work destinations in Cobb County and Metro Atlanta; and (4) completion of the County’s first long-range transit plan to guide the future development of its system over the next 20 years.

The award, given annually by GDOT, is named for Frank J. Hill, one of the earliest and most effective advocates for increased attention and resources for rural communities in Georgia.  Beginning in the mid-1970s and extending until his passing in 2005, Mr. Hill was a tireless advocate for better services, including transportation, for Georgia’s rural communities.  He formed one of the state’s first multi-county rural transit systems in the 1980s, which is today known as the Mountain Area Transit System or MATS.

GDOT adds its congratulations to the Bartow County Commissioner and Bartow Transit for all its positive transit accomplishments this year.