July 8, 2020
MARTA CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW CLAYTON COUNTY TRANSIT CENTER
Public Health Measures in Place for Ribbon-Cutting, Community Painting Event Scheduled for Saturday
ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and Clayton County will celebrate the opening of a new bus transit hub at the Clayton County Justice Center in Jonesboro on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting and community paint day. Refreshments, painting supplies, and personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves, and hand-washing stations will be provided.
Phase one of transit improvements at the Clayton County Justice Center include moving bus stop operations from Post Way to within the center’s northwest parking lot. The new transit hub will serve four bus routes with 800 daily riders. It features enhanced bus stops and shelters, park and ride spaces, and improved walkways and crosswalks.
MARTA’s public art program Artbound engaged local artist George F. Baker, III to design artwork that has been translated into stencils the community will use to paint concrete barriers between the buses and bus shelters. You can view a similar project here NY DOT Barrier Beautification. Paint will be provided in disposable cups and paintbrush handles wiped down after each use.
WHAT: Clayton County Transit Center Ribbon-Cutting & Community Paint Day
Disposable masks and gloves provided
All food and drinks individually packaged
Portable toilets, sinks and hand sanitizer available
WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Clayton County Justice Center
9151 Tara Blvd.
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Northwest parking lot
WHO: MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker
MARTA Clayton County Board Members Roberta Abdul-Salaam and Jerry Griffin
Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner
Clayton County Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner
Phase two of the transit improvements at the Clayton County Justice Center will be completed in the next couple of years and include permanent shelters and barriers, and digital signage showing bus arrival times.
The Clayton County Transit Center is part of a larger commitment to improving transit and transit amenities in Clayton County. MARTA has installed 19 new bus shelters and upgraded 17 bus stops this year, with a goal of improving 150 bus stops over a 5-year period. Long-term projects include building a multipurpose Operations and Maintenance Facility in the county, establishing bus rapid transit (BRT) that would encompass portions of two of the Authority’s busiest bus routes, 196 and 191, and commuter rail from East Point to Lovejoy along the Norfolk Southern rail corridor.