The board will consider awarding a $7.1 million contract to Tolar Manufacturing to produce amenities for 1,000 stops. If it’s approved, the company would produce shelters, benches, leaning rails, trash cans, solar-powered lighting and cases for schedules and maps.
MARTA must award a separate contract to install the amenities.
The agency plans to add improvements at 200 stops during the first year, beginning in August. They’ll be selected from among stops with at least 25 boardings a day, a MARTA official told a board committee last week. Other factors — such as whether stops are near senior citizen centers and input from local governments — also will help determine the locations.
The plan drew cautious support from community activist Sherry Williams, the public policy coordinator for the group Georgia STAND-UP. She wants more information about which stops will see the improvements and whether they will benefit customers who need them the most.
“But any addition of amenities to bus stops is welcome in communities with heavy ridership,” Williams said.