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On October 1, 1961, the Georgia Power Company gave the City of Rome all of its buses, and any spare parts and equipment that they had on hand. They also paid the City of Rome $300,000 that the City agreed to use specifically for the transportation system. With this, the City of Rome established the Rome Transit Department (RTD) to take over bus operations.

Today, RTD provides public transportation within the city limits of Rome, Georgia with 2 different services. RTD operates a Mainline Fixed Route Service and an on demand, curb to curb Para Transit Service.

Our Services

  •  Main Line Fixed Route - Operates 6 routes on an one-hour headway throughout the city. (Maps and guides can be found in the document section below.) 
  • RTD Mainline Routes and Stops (arcgis.com)
  • Para-Transit Service - This is a Curb to Curb service for the Disabled and Elderly and operates up to 3/4 of a mile outside of our Fixed Route Services with the same operating hours. This service is available to all ADA eligible riders but requires submission and approval of a Para-Transit application. Applications are available at the RTD Administrative Office, by mail, or by download in the document section below. To book a Para-Transit service please call the booking line at:706-236-236
  • REASONABLE MODIFICATION POLICY 

    Effective July 13, 2015, transit providers are required under 49 CFR 37.5(i)(3) to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability or to provide program accessibility to their services. 

  • PÓLIZA DE MODIFICACIÓN RAZONABLE 

    A partir del 13 de julio de 2015, los proveedores de tránsito están obligados bajo 49 CFR 37.5(i)(3) a hacer modificaciones razonables en las pólizas, prácticas o procedimientos cuando las modificaciones sean necesarias para evitar la discriminación por motivos de discapacidad o para proporcionar accesibilidad al programa a sus servicios.  

Fares

Fares may be purchased at the Downtown Transit Station, the Transit Administrative Office, or from select operators using EXACT FARE only. 

FARE UPDATE

2/19/2024

The City of Rome Transit Department is looking to restore fares in 2024.

What does this mean?

  • At some point in the future Bus Fares will return. This means there will be a cost for bus service.
  • This is not an immediate reinstatement. The start date for this is not yet set, but more information will follow. You will have more than 30 days’ notice before this starts. This is advanced notice to help prepare. 
  • The amount of the fare has not yet been determined but will be communicated soon.
  • Those who have purchased Fare Cards can hold those cards until the end of the period. These will be honored when fares are reinstated.
  • There will be the opportunity for a public hearing, and it will be posted on each bus as well as in the newspaper.

What happens until then?

  • While details are being finalized, Transit Fare for Fixed-route and Public Paratransit will remain free.
  • Updates in the process will be posted on the buses as well as the City of Rome website as they happen.

Those who have purchased Multi-ride Fare Cards purchased can hold those cards until the end of the period. These will be good to use as normal when fares are reinstated.

Single Ride FaresFee
Regular Full Fare$1.25
Senior and Disabled Fare$0.60
Students$0.60
TransfersFree
Children Under 5*Free

*Children under 5 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Mainline Fixed Route Multi-Ride Fare CardsFee
50-Ride Regular Fare Card$45
10-Ride Regular Fare Card$9
50-Ride Senior, Disabled, or Student Card$22.50
10-Ride Senior, Disabled, or Student Card $4.50


Para Transit  Multi-Ride Fare CardsFee
Paratransit Fare$2.25
50-Ride Card$107.50
10-Ride Card$22


Transit Development Plan

In 2019, after a change in the scope of services provided, RTD partnered with a team of consultants to plan for the future. You can view the Transit Development Plan here for more information.

Hearing Impairment

For hearing impaired/TTY Customers Call: Georgia Relay Service 800-255-0056. For hearing Customers call: 800-255-0135.

Para clientes con problemas de audición / TTY, llame al Servicio de retransmisión de Georgia al 800-255-0056. Los clientes que no tienen problemas de audición, llame al: 800-255-0135.

Public Survey 2022

Service Extension to Georgia Highlands College and Floyd County Industrial Park

The City of Rome Transit Department is conducting a survey to assess additional transportation needs, regarding access to higher education facilities and employers off of U.S. Highway 27, Cedartown Highway. We appreciate you taking a moment to complete the short survey below. Your feedback helps us to continually evaluate and increase opportunities to serve our community.

RTD Transportation Survey

Video

 Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2021 and extended through Friday, December 30, 2022, the City of Rome Transit Department will be offering a temporary fare reduction to provide free Fixed Route Transit Service. Transit Director Kathy Shealy talks about the intent behind the change.

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