Updated: Mar 26, 2020

With the growth of Metro Atlanta estimated to increase approximately 30% during the next decade the development of MARTA rail from central throughout south DeKalb is of paramount importance. With the recent passing of the 15th Amendment, I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners to develop a plan and identify the necessary resources for the expansion of MARTA rail. The following presentation and article shares infrastructure projects currently slated for DeKalb County.

MARTA announces infrastructure projects in DeKalb County

Terrance Kelly | Posted Feb 21, 2020


DEKALB Co., GA (CBS46)-- Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker has announced a MARTA will invest a quarter of a billion dollars in DeKalb County on several infrastructure projects. “CEO Thurmond was the first elected official I met with when I joined MARTA two years ago,” said Parker.

“He told me then that MARTA had not kept its promises to DeKalb County and that needed to change. I have been focused on fixing this relationship with one of our founding counties since and remain committed to delivering on the transit needs of our valued DeKalb County customers.

The projects include:

  • Bus-to-bus transit centers at South DeKalb Mall and Stonecrest Mall by 2023

  • 350 new bus shelters and amenities in DeKalb County by 2024

  • Rehabilitation of all 8 DeKalb County rail stations by 2025

  • Maintenance of the existing rail, bus and paratransit system (State of Good Repair)

  • 58 new Gillig buses are already operating out of Laredo Bus Garage

  • The first of 254 new rail cars will be placed in service in 2023

These upgrades are in addition to the $244 million in State of Good Repair work happening continually throughout the rail system such as traction and auxiliary power upgrades, tunnel ventilation improvements, and elevator and escalator refurbishment. Further transit expansion plans identified in DeKalb County’s Transit Master Plan, such as the Clifton Corridor, are not currently funded. MARTA will work with DeKalb to identify funding sources to support the completion of these capital programs.

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