MARTA wants input on modifying bus routes

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Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com
Qadirah Sultan waits at a MARTA bus stop as a bus approaches on North Avenue at Piedmont Avenue Monday, Mar. 19, 2012. Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com

Qadirah Sultan waits at a MARTA bus stop as a bus approaches on North Avenue at Piedmont Avenue Monday, Mar. 19, 2012. Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com

MARTA will hold public hearings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to gather input from customers and stakeholders about proposed route modifications.

The proposed changes — to bus routes 4, 32, 143 and 155 and the new Clayton County routes 192 and 194 — will be implemented Dec. 12, 2015.

Customers can provide input even if they are unable to attend in person by logging onto www.itsmarta.com, clicking on the tab marked “News & Events” and selecting “Public Hearings & Meetings” from the drop-down menu. After viewing the video, click the link below it to complete an online comment card or visit http://bit.ly/1u7HpBo. Responses must be submitted no later than Sept. 3.

Final route changes will be recommended based on customer feedback and further analysis by MARTA’s Office of Planning. Copies of the proposed bus service modifications are available for review at www.itsmarta.com/public-hearings.aspx.

All of the meetings will provide identical information. The Community Exchange starts at 6 p.m. and the hearing begins at 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 24
Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St., Atlanta, Ga. 30303. (Riding MARTA: Bus Routes 32, 49, 55, 75 and 186).

Tuesday, Aug. 25

1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur, Ga. 30030. (Riding MARTA: Walk one block west of Decatur Station).

Thursday, Aug. 27

Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Church St., Riverdale, Ga. 30274 (Riding MARTA: Route 191).

The proposed service modifications are as follows:

Route 4: Thomasville/Moreland Avenue:
This route will operate to the Metro Transition Center on Constitution Road. Route 4 will also operate on Swallow Circle, an area currently served by the Route 155 Windsor Street/Lakewood Avenue

Route 32: Bouldercrest:
This service will no longer serve the Metro Transition Center on Constitution Road but will be extended from Bouldercrest and Continental to south to Cedar Grove Road.  Service to the Metro Transition Center will be provided by the Route 4 from Moreland Avenue.

Route 143: Windward Park & Ride:
The southbound Route 143 will exit GA 400 at Mansell Road picking up passengers at the Mansell Park ‘n’ Ride and re-enter GA 400 to continue the trip south to North Springs Station.  There will not be the same diversion in the afternoon.  There will be no change to the frequency of service.

Route 155: Windsor Street/Lakewood Avenue:
This route is being shortened with the transfer of service on the Swallow Circle Loop to the Route 4.

Route 192: Tara Blvd: (New Service)
This new route operating from the Jonesboro Justice Center via Tara Boulevard to Forest Parkway approximately every 60 minutes.

Route 194: Mt. Zion/GA-42/East Point: (New Service)
This new route operating from the Jonesboro Justice Center via Tara Boulevard to the MARTA East Point Station.

MOBILITY:
Implement complementary ADA service for the above new and extended routes to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


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