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MEDIA ADVISORY
July 8, 2020

MARTA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW CLAYTON COUNTY TRANSIT CENTER

Public Health Measures in Place for Ribbon-Cutting, Community Painting Event Scheduled for Saturday

 

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and Clayton County will celebrate the opening of a new bus transit hub at the Clayton County Justice Center in Jonesboro on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting and community paint day. Refreshments, painting supplies, and personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves, and hand-washing stations will be provided.

Phase one of transit improvements at the Clayton County Justice Center include moving bus stop operations from Post Way to within the center’s northwest parking lot. The new transit hub will serve four bus routes with 800 daily riders. It features enhanced bus stops and shelters, park and ride spaces, and improved walkways and crosswalks.

MARTA’s public art program Artbound engaged local artist George F. Baker, III to design artwork that has been translated into stencils the community will use to paint concrete barriers between the buses and bus shelters. You can view a similar project here NY DOT Barrier Beautification. Paint will be provided in disposable cups and paintbrush handles wiped down after each use.

WHAT:          Clayton County Transit Center Ribbon-Cutting & Community Paint Day

                       Disposable masks and gloves provided         

                       All food and drinks individually packaged

                       Portable toilets, sinks and hand sanitizer available

 

WHEN:          Saturday, July 11, 2020

                      10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

                      Ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m.

 

WHERE:        Clayton County Justice Center

                     9151 Tara Blvd.

                     Jonesboro, GA 30236

                     Northwest parking lot

 

WHO:             MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker

                      MARTA Clayton County Board Members Roberta Abdul-Salaam and Jerry Griffin

                      Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner

                      Clayton County Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner

 

Phase two of the transit improvements at the Clayton County Justice Center will be completed in the next couple of years and include permanent shelters and barriers, and digital signage showing bus arrival times. 

The Clayton County Transit Center is part of a larger commitment to improving transit and transit amenities in Clayton County. MARTA has installed 19 new bus shelters and upgraded 17 bus stops this year, with a goal of improving 150 bus stops over a 5-year period. Long-term projects include building a multipurpose Operations and Maintenance Facility in the county, establishing bus rapid transit (BRT) that would encompass portions of two of the Authority’s busiest bus routes, 196 and 191, and commuter rail from East Point to Lovejoy along the Norfolk Southern rail corridor.

 

                                                                 

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