Atlanta Transit Authority Advances Clayton Southlake Bus Rapid Transit Project
The Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program recently advanced Atlanta’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Clayton Southlake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project to the development phase in as a Small Starts project.
The $338 million BRT project will connect the MARTA station in College Park to several destinations in Clayton County. The work will include the construction of 13 new BRT-branded stations with off-board fare collection, the installation of priority transit signaling equipment at key intersections, and the purchase of 10 BRT-branded electric buses and the associated electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Community benefits include transit-oriented development opportunities, more frequent service and dedicated transit lanes.
“Residents of Clayton County will benefit from the Southlake BRT as it will make a trip from College Park to Southlake Mall 19 minutes faster, making it easier to access jobs, healthcare and entertainment throughout the region,” said Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner.
The federal Infrastructure Investing and Job Creation Act increased eligibility for small projects to $400 million. The Southlake BRT project is eligible to receive up to $150 million.
In November, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners and the MARTA Board of Directors moved the project forward.
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2024 and the line is expected to be operational in 2026.