IMPROVING LIVES WITH
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

CLAYTON COUNTY (GA) WENT FROM NO BUS SERVICE TO OVER 5,500 RIDERS PER WEEKDAY on 7 routes in the first 6 months.

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Institutional Knowledge


"Clayton County residents need service, they need public transportation, and we as public servants have an obligation to study the feasibility of providing it to them."

- Jeff Turner, Clayton County Commission Chairman.
Clayton News Daily, July 26, 2013
Prior to Tindale Oliver being selected to lead the Transit Feasibility Study.
Resident Ted Williams said his Breeze Card would save him a lengthy commute consisting of a bus ride on Route 89 from College Park Station to Godby Road and a 30-minute walk into Riverdale to get to work. “This is a great thing,” he said.

-Ted Williams, Clayton County Resident.
Clayton News Daily March 21, 2015
After Tindale Oliver completed the Transit Feasibility Study.
 

GREAT INSIGHTS

Budget shortfalls resulted in bus service being discontinued in March 2010.
As a result, Clayton County became the only core metro county in the Atlanta region without local bus service.

Identifying factors that indicate a need for change:

  • Travel demand in Clayton County is strongly linked to the need for transit to and throughout Metro Atlanta.
  • Regional Daily Travel Demand
  • Clayton County has many citizens who rely on transit including young people, lower-income populations, older adults, and persons with disabilities.
  • The Transit Feasibility Study confirmed the significant need for transit in Clayton County.
  • Clayton County not only needed transit service within the county, but connections were needed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fulton County, and Atlanta.
 

GREATER OUTCOMES

Project outcomes focus on improving access to jobs, education, and training opportunities; supporting economic development in Clayton County; and increasing independence and quality of life for citizens with limited or no transportation options.

Over a four-month period, nearly 4,000 citizens provided input by participating in public involvement activities and workshops. On November 4, 2014, 74% of Clayton County citizens voted in favor of a one-cent sales tax increase and becoming part of MARTA. As of August 2015, there are 7 active bus routes in Clayton County. Full bus service will be available by July 2016. A portion of the tax revenues will be set aside for future rail service.


Video Source: 11 Alive News

Photo to the Right Courtesy of: MARTA to Clayton County - itsmartanews YouTube Channel.

GREAT INSIGHTS. GREATER OUTCOMES.

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