The man who originated park and ride lots in Gwinnett County has been honored by county officials.
On April 30, Gwinnett County representatives dedicated the park and ride lot at I-985 and Highway 20 in Buford in honor of former county commissioner Maron Buice. A plaque in honor of Buice will now be on permanent display at the lot he founded.
According to a Gwinnett County press release, Buice established the I-985 park and ride lot after receiving complaints from constituents who had received tickets for leaving their cars parked along Highway 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," the release stated.
“Maron Buice is one of those people who helped establish Gwinnett County’s reputation of being proactive and finding innovative solutions to our problems,” Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a released statement. “He truly deserves this recognition along with our thanks for his many years of service to the people of Gwinnett County.”
More than 300 commuters use the Buford lot daily, according to Gwinnett County.
“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 during the dedication ceremony.
Buice, the longest serving Gwinnett County commissioner, served four consecutive terms from 1969 to 1984.