NEW Birmingham Xpress officially begins service; FREE rides for 30 days

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Ribbon cutting of the Birmingham Xpress. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

On Thursday, September 22, members of the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA), Birmingham City Council and more gathered at the CrossPlex Transit Center to celebrate the beginning of the brand new Birmingham Xpress transit system 🚌

Rides on the NEW Birmingham Xpress are FREE for the first 30 days. Click here to learn more.

WATCH 👇 Birmingham Xpress Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Birmingham Xpress—a new, state-of-the-art express bus line connecting Five Points West to Woodlawn, with dozens of stops along the way—is officially open. The best part? Rides are FREE for the first 30 days.

“[The Birmingham Xpress] is one of the largest multimodal transit investments that we’ve made in the City of Birmingham—in this region, even—in a century. In the last century, we busied ourselves with building a world that is very car-centric. How many of us, myself included, drove here in a car today to this ribbon cutting to celebrate a transit investment? Today is a turning point, looking forward to a different kind of future with a lot more public transportation.”

James Fowler, Director & City Traffic Engineer, Birmingham Department of Transportation
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Mayor Woodfin speaking at the Birmingham Xpress ribbon cutting. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

As of today, the Birmingham Xpress is officially running, connecting 25 Birmingham neighborhoods through 32 stops. Hours of operation are:

  • Monday-Friday, 5AM-11PM
  • Saturday, 7AM-10PM
  • Sunday, No service

“The City of Birmingham is in the service business, and we need to get people from Point A to Point B on time. We need to get people from their home to their doctor’s medical appointment on time; from home to school on time; from home to work on time and vice versa. And so, through this partnership with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, today marks a major step in public transportation for the City of Birmingham.”

Mayor Randall Woodfin

The Birmingham Xpress joins the current BJCTA service of MAX Transit, paratransit with Birmingham OnDemand powered by Via and micro-mobility options like public bikes and scooters.

Learn More About the Birmingham Xpress 🚌

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Each Birmingham Xpress can store up to two bicycles on its front rack. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Using Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) technology, the Birmingham Xpress offers fast, reliable and cost-effective mobility services in The Magic City. Passengers on each Birmingham Xpress bus will have access to a number of features, including:

  • Seating for 25-30 passengers
  • Free internet service
  • Cell phone charging plugs
  • Self-securing wheelchair parking
  • On-board bike rack
  • Automatic vehicle location (AVL) + transit signal priority (TSP) technologies

Click here to learn more about the Birmingham Xpress.

Don’t forget—rides on the Birmingham Xpress are FREE for the first 30 days! Follow the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority to stay up to date on all things Birmingham Xpress!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer at Bham Now

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