MAX proposes new Magic City Connector routes in Homewood + Vestavia

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Move over, Magic School Bus. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Big fan of taking the bus (and saving money on gas)? If you’re in Homewood or Vestavia, you’re in luck. MAX Transit has proposed to expand The Magic City Connector routes in the area. Check it out.

Ride on the Magic City Connector

Homewood City Hall
Homewood City Hall. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Even if you aren’t familiar with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) and MAX Transit, you’ve probably seen their buses throughout Birmingham. The BJCTA aims to connect citizens to their go-to stops throughout the city.

“We have been thrilled with The Magic City Connector. Homewood has been one of the highest used stops on that service. It’s a very convenient, low-cost option to travel to downtown and to Uptown. By expanding it, it makes it even more of a value.”

Jennifer Andress, City Councilor, Homewood

MAX Transit’s proposal involves increasing the Magic City Connector’s operations. Their plan is to increase weekday services for Birmingham, Homewood and Vestavia from nine roundtrips to 16.

Beep beep! New bus lines coming through

Here’s a look at a few of the other proposed changes outlined in Vestavia Voice:

  • New proposed routes would connect Vestavia to Mountain Brook.
  • Homewood would receive a new microtransit zone (aka, an area that allows travelers to ride anywhere in that zone) to serve job centers.
  • In May 2022, the Magic City Connector plans to operate every 15 minutes between the BJCC and Five Points South, with every other trip going to Brookwood Village + Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

These changes aren’t set in stone, though. Every year, the BJCTA and MAX Transit propose changes to local City Councils. After that, the City Council looks through their budget to make any necessary changes.

“A lot of us in the Homewood City Council are very big fans of the Magic City Connector. We worked hard with Darryl O’Quinn with the Birmingham City Council and the Regional Planning Commission to bring it into Homewood. The fact that it’s succeeding and expanding is a great thing.”

Jennifer Andress, City Councilor, Homewood

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