On Monday, Aug. 13, the city of Montevallo, in partnership with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) and the University of Montevallo, debuted a pilot MAX Bus service for the local community.
The bus will run Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. between several stops throughout the city and the University of Montevallo campus. The route is still being developed to meet the needs of the community.
The service will run from August 13 to December of this year at no cost to passengers. After the pilot concludes, the city and BJCTA leaders will evaluate whether or not to continue the service permanently based on the initial program’s success.
“The University of Montevallo is excited to support the pilot for bus service in Montevallo. We feel that having another transportation option in our area will be beneficial to our students and our community and look forward to seeing what future opportunities will be available after a successful pilot,” said Mary Ellen Heuton, UM’s vice president for business affairs.
Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost, along with members of the Montevallo City Council and local community leaders, were among the service’s first passengers to enjoy a free ride with Wi-Fi.
“This pilot is slated to begin as a circulator route throughout Montevallo but has lofty goals of eventually providing full interconnectivity between Montevallo, Shelby County and even into Jefferson County,” said Cost. “With full community participation, we are confident this vision will become a stable transportation mechanism in Montevallo.”
According to the BJCTA, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
“The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority looks forward to serving the City of Montevallo and its citizens, as well as the University of Montevallo by providing much needed public transportation to the area. It is our hope that this pilot will lead to a long-term relationship,” said Interim Executive Director, Christopher Ruffin.
More info about the pilot program, including the ride schedule and the bus route, can be found on the city’s website: cityofmontevallo.com. Community members are urged to call Montevallo City Hall with questions at 205-665-2555.