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Low ridership on Suntrust Park area bus route not a concern for Cobb DOT

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More than two months into the Braves' first season at Suntrust Park, a new bus route aimed to ease traffic flow in that area has not picked up a steady flow of riders. Cobb County DOT officials said it's not completely surprising, in fact they were planning for a bit of a slow start.

"(The ridership) has been within our projections, and we've gotten some good responses for it," said Jim Wilgus, Director of the Cobb County Department of Transportation.

During days when the Braves have a game at Suntrust Park, ridership is typically much higher. However, on non-game days, ridership has been considerably lower. On Monday May 8, only 31 people rode the Suntrust Park-Cumberland Mall route the entire day. On busier days, ridership hovers around 200.

"It's within the ridership projections we had, it's on the low end of the scale," said Wilgus. "We really expect the ridership to increase."

The new route, called a "Circulator," costs $1 million a year to operate, and runs a roughly two mile-long circle between Suntrust Park and Cumberland Mall.

"We're trying to give business people in the community a way to get around to visit other businesses, to go to the Braves, without having to get in their cars," said Wilgus.

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