Downtown, Riverfront, and Workforce Transit
Updated Feb 22, 2024
A transit study for Tuscaloosa was completed in 2021, with stakeholder feedback playing a critical part in the process. The final study recommends improvements to operations and services, routes, and plans for future purchases of equipment, buses, and facilities. This information guides decisions for improvements to the system each year. Elevate funding provides required matching funds for federal grants invested into capital purchases.
PATA is headquartered in downtown Tuscaloosa and currently operates seven routes in the city, carrying around 350,000 riders each year. Routes are currently operated only on weekdays. In addition, a route carries fans from the downtown terminal to the University of Alabama campus on home-game Saturdays during football season. PATA’s operations are funded in majority part by federal grants, with the balance paid by the City of Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama.
Goals and Impact
Connect more citizens to their jobs in order to remove barriers to employment
Provide rapid transit among popular downtown and riverfront destinations in order to provide a better, more convenient experience for people spending time in this area
Expand hours and routes, including nights and weekends in order to connect people to the places they need to go throughout the day and week
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Key Milestones & Events
November 2019: PATA requested qualifications from firms to conduct a transit study
December 2019: finalists were interviewed
February 2020: Kimley-Horn was selected to conduct transit study
November 2020: completed engagement with stakeholder groups from the community
March 2021: completed community survey
July 2021: presented transit study findings to the Connectivity Subcommittee
September 2021: transit study delivered by Kimley-Horn
June 2022: PATA purchased 4 new transit buses
January 2024: PATA purchased 10 new bus shelters
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