Clayton County approves MARTA bus rapid transit plans

The Clayton County Commission on Tuesday approved a MARTA plan for a bus rapid transit line that will run north to south.

Dubbed the Southlake Bus Rapid Transit, the $300 million project would connect MARTA’s College Park train station to a Southlake Mobility Center in Morrow. Stops along the way will include Southlake Mall, the Shops of Riverdale, Southern Regional Medical Center and the Mount Zion commercial corridor.

“This is much more than an operating bus route; it is a major, permanent infrastructure investment in Clayton County,” said Manjeet Ranu, MARTA’s chief of capital programs, expansion & innovation, said in a press release after the commission’s approval. “We appreciate the support of the commissioners, and MARTA is committed to delivering a best-in-class BRT project for Clayton by 2026.”

MARTA said that it would address Clayton’s decision at its Nov. 18 meeting and vote on it at the transit agency’s Dec. 2 gathering. MARTA said it also hopes to get the Southlake BRT in the pipeline for the Federal Transit Administration’s competitive “Small Starts” program.