|COUNTY DEDICATES PARK AND RIDE LOT TO FORMER COMMISSIONER|
(Lawrenceville, Ga., April 30, 2013) – Gwinnett officials recently hosted a dedication ceremony to commend Mr. Maron Buice, community leader and former County commissioner who originated the Park and Ride Lots in Gwinnett County. Board Chairman Charlotte Nash and State Senator Renee Unterman commended Buice for his service and unveiled a plaque in his honor. The plaque is now on permanent display at the lot he founded.
In his first term as commissioner, Buice established the first Park and Ride Lot at I-985 and State Route 20 after receiving complaints from constituents. Residents were upset about getting parking tickets for leaving their cars along State Route 20 while carpooling to the GM plant in Doraville. Around 1972, Buice noticed a nearby vacant lot owned by the state of Georgia, so he contacted the state and worked out the construction and the County’s first Park and Ride lot was made available for commuters to park and carpool. “Maron Buice is one of those people who helped establish Gwinnett County’s reputation of being proactive and finding innovative solutions to our problems,” Chairman Nash said. “He truly deserves this recognition along with our thanks for his many years of service to the people of Gwinnett County.”
Forty years later, more than 300 commuters use the Buford lot daily and the County’s Park and Ride Lots have expanded to include two additional locations at Sugarloaf Mills and Indian Trail Road. In total, approximately 2,000 residents use the lots for their workday commute.
“It’s been a privilege to serve the citizens of this great county for so long, and I’m thankful to receive this honor—especially while I’m still around to enjoy it,” Buice said. He served four consecutive terms for a total of 16 years on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners from 1969 to 1984. To date, Buice holds the record of longest serving Gwinnett County commissioner.