Transit for Cobb

Types of Service


Below is a full list of available transit technologies at Cobb's disposal. Each one of these are either already in use, or are planed to be soon, within the metro Atlanta Area. Knowing what each one is will help you to decide what you believe is appropriate for any given corridor.


Picture Credit: RTD-Denver

Picture Credit: RTD-Denver

Commuter Rail Transit (CRT)

Commuter Rail is a transit mode that is either a diesel or electric railway with the capacity for a heavy volume of traffic. Though not limited to such, it is usually operated for rush-hour, directional service. It is characterized by high speed passenger rail cars in multi-car trains on fixed rails, some grade crossings with other freight-rail, vehicular, and foot traffic, signaling, and high platform loading.

Uses fixed stations with elevated platform and pre-boarding payment.


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Picture Credit: Wikipedia

Commuter / Express Bus Service

Express bus service (also known as commuter bus service) is intended to run faster than normal bus services between the same two general commuter or destination points. Express bus service usually has a limited number of stops to decrease the travel time.

Stations are usually park and ride locations outside of high-density areas, with shelters and poles for stops in high-density areas.


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Pricture Credit: Me2Know U2FindOut on Pinterest

Heavy Rail Transit (HRT)

Heavy Rail is a transit mode that is an electric railway with the capacity for a heavy volume of traffic. It is characterized by high speed and rapid acceleration, passenger rail cars operating singly or in multi-car trains on fixed rails, separate rights-of-way from all other vehicular and foot traffic, signaling, and high platform loading.

Uses fixed stations with elevated platform and pre-boarding payment.


Picture Credit: Brandon Walker on Flickr

Picture Credit: Brandon Walker on Flickr

Light Rail Transit (LRT)

Light Rail is a transit mode that is an electric railway with a light volume traffic capacity compared to HRT. It is characterized by passenger rail cars operating singularly (or in short, usually two car, trains) on fixed rails in exclusive right of way, low or high platform loading, and vehicle power drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph.

Typically uses fixed stations with a pre-boarding payment. Some systems have flexible stop locations.


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Picture Credit: Roger DuPuis on Flickr

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Bus Rapid Transit is a fixed-route bus mode that is characterized by operations primarily in dedicated right-of-way, defined stations, traffic signal priority, short headway, bidirectional services, pre-board ticketing, and platform level boarding.

This mode may include portions of service that are fixed-guideway and non-fixed-guideway.

Typically uses fixed stations with a pre-boarding payment. Some systems have flexible stop locations.


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Picture Credit: LaredoDivision1601 on Youtube

Arterial Rapid Transit (ART)

Arterial Rapid Transit is envisioned as being a network of fast and frequent enhanced transit routes on existing high density, mixed-use arterial corridors serving “transit lifestyle” market areas that are expected to respond positively to an enhanced transit product. Some of its characteristics are short headway, transit signal priority, queue jumps and enhanced stops.

Typically uses fixed and enhanced stations stops with level platform boarding.


Picture Credit: Jarrett Stewart on Youtube

Picture Credit: Jarrett Stewart on Youtube

Frequent Bus Service

Frequent Bus Service is a transit mode comprised of rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways, and in mixed traffic.

Somewhat flexible stops marked by pole and panel. High-use stops are upgraded to shelters. Uses on board fare payment, and is characterized by its short headway.


Picture Credit: Brandon Walker on Flickr

Picture Credit: Brandon Walker on Flickr

Streetcar Service

A streetcars is a transit mode that is typically an electric railway with a light volume traffic capacity compared to HRT. It is characterized by passenger rail cars operating singularly on fixed rails in a shared right of way, low or high platform loading, and vehicle power drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or a pantograph.

Typically uses fixed stations with a pre-boarding payment. Some systems have flexible stop locations.


Picture Credit:Jarrett Stewart on Youtube

Picture Credit:Jarrett Stewart on Youtube

Local Bus Service

Local buses are a transit mode comprised of rubber-tired passenger vehicles operating on fixed routes and schedules over roadways.

Local buses have somewhat flexible stops, usually marked by pole and panel. High-use stops are upgraded to shelters, and fare payment occurs on board.. 


Picture Credit: Anthony Sufran on Flickr

Picture Credit: Anthony Sufran on Flickr

Community Circulator

Community Circulators are a transit mode comprised of rubber-tired passenger vehicles with targeted, shorter-distance local routes that connect residents with neighborhood shopping, education, medical facilities, or transit stations within their community. They usually operate regular service within a closed loop – usually 3 miles or shorter in length.