Eligible Riders The Lift is curb-to-curb transportation anywhere within one mile of an Athens Transit fixed bus route. The Lift is Athens Transit's demand response transportation for people with a mobility impairment that prevents them from using the regular bus service. Distance from the nearest bus stop does not, by itself, make you eligible for this service. Some examples of mobility impairments that may make you eligible are:
Confinement to a wheelchair
Inability to walk to the nearest bus stop or to board the bus
Use of walker, crutches, or similar assistive devices
Application You may request an application by calling 706-613-3435 or by coming into the Athens Transit office, or you may print a copy from this website. You must submit parts A and B of the application to Athens Transit System (ATS) to determine your eligibility.
Scheduling Your Trip
Service hours for the Lift are:
6:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m., Saturday
No service will be provided on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
You may reserve a space on The Lift by calling 706-613-3435 up to 14 days in advance. Reservations may be made between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. You must schedule all trips at least one day in advance and you must call before 5:00 p.m. You may also request a trip after hours and on Sunday by using the recording device. Your trip will be confirmed on Sunday evening. When scheduling your trip, please have the following information ready:
Time you are due at your destination
Approximate time of your return trip
Type of assistive device, such as wheelchair or cane, if any
Number of guests or escorts to accompany you
The scheduler will then give you an approximate time you will be picked up. The driver may arrive up to 15 minutes before or after this time. Times requested may not be available. The scheduler will try to accommodate your request at your requested time or within one hour before or after the requested time.
Fares The fare is $3.50 one-way for passengers. Required escorts may ride free. Guests must pay $3.50 per trip. A 10-trip pass is available for $35.00 and sold at 325 Pound Street.