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.
- 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.)
- 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:
Fares may be purchased at the Downtown Transit Station, the Transit Administrative Office, or from select operators using EXACT FARE only.
**FREE FARE** RTD will be offering a temporary fare reduction to provide free Fixed Route Transit service through December 30, 2022. Although fares will be free during this period, other operations will continue as normal.
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 Fares||Fee|
|Regular Full Fare||$1.25|
|Senior and Disabled Fare||$0.60|
|Children Under 5*||Free|
*Children under 5 must be accompanied by a paying adult
|Mainline Fixed Route Multi-Ride Fare Cards||Fee|
|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 Cards||Fee|
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.
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 Hearing March 2022
Notice of Public Hearing For City of Rome Transit Department
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM, a Public Hearing will be held in the Sam King room at 601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161. The Rome Transit Department is proposing a temporary fare reduction to provide free transit on the fixed route Mainline bus service until December 30, 2022. Interested persons or agencies may submit comments or concerns to this change prior to the public hearing in writing to: City of Rome Transit Department, P. O. Box 1433, Rome, GA 30162-1433, Attn. Kathy Shealy.
Noticia Audiencia Publica Para El departamento Transito Rome
El martes 29 de marzo de 2022 a las 4:00 PM, se llevará a cabo una audiencia pública en la sala Sam King en 601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161. El Departamento de Tránsito de Rome propone una reducción temporal de la tarifa para proporcionar tránsito gratuito en el servicio de autobuses de la línea principal de ruta fija, esta reducción se llevará acabo hasta el 30 de diciembre de 2022. Las personas o agencias interesadas pueden enviar comentarios o inquietudes a este cambio antes de la audiencia pública por escrito a: Departamento de Tránsito de la Ciudad de Rome, P. O. Box 1433, Roma, GA 30162-1433, Atención Kathy Shealy.
Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2021 and extended through Thursday, March 31st, 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.