MARTA BOARD APPROVES CLAYTON COUNTY TRANSIT EXPANSION
“Locally Preferred Alternatives” Now Advance for Federal Study
ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors today approved a two-fold locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Clayton County Transit Initiative.
“We are incredibly excited to take this important step in fulfilling our promise to Clayton County of first-class transit, economic opportunity, and community development,” said MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker.
This approval signals to the federal government that MARTA has identified a specific set of projects to advance into the federal environmental phase.
The first recommendation is to begin an environmental study on the implementation of a commuter rail on the 22-mile Norfolk Southern corridor from the East Point MARTA Station to Lovejoy. The second is for an environmental study on the implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT) along SR 85 / SR 139 (encompassing bus routes 196 and 191) connecting College Park, Riverdale, and Morrow.
Both alternatives connect communities with schools, hospitals, and job opportunities. Additionally, the BRT will augment some of the highest performing routes in the MARTA system. Both projects will connect areas of forecasted population and employment growth in Clayton County.
“Since first expanding to Clayton County three years ago, MARTA service has changed the lives of thousands of residents,” said former State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam who now serves as secretary of the MARTA board of directors. “This continued expansion shows a strong commitment to community and economic development for one of metro Atlanta’s fastest growing areas.”
Next steps include continued community outreach, environmental analysis, and developing the commuter rail and BRT implementation strategy.