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DeKalb County working with MARTA, ARC on transit master plan

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DeKalb County working with MARTA, ARC on transit master plan

A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips
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A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips

There’s a new effort underway to comprehensively address transit in DeKalb County.

The county government is working on a Transit Master Plan with MARTA and the Atlanta Regional Commission.

“The Transit Master Plan will identify fiscally sensible transit improvements that address the mobility needs of all of our residents,” DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said in a press release. “DeKalb County is poised to lead the region into the next frontier of transit implementation and plans to enhance the county’s robust network of transportation options.”

Thirty-four percent of MARTA’s service area is in DeKalb County, according to www.DeKalbTransitMasterPlan.com. The county contributed one quarter of MARTA’s sales tax revenue in 2017.

The goal of the plan is to, “address the county’s mobility challenges, help to enhance future development opportunities, and improve the quality of life within each of DeKalb’s cities and unincorporated communities, both north and south.”

There will be public meetings about the plan in October 2018, March 2019 and May 2019. The dates have not been announced, but there’s a survey that’s live at www.DeKalbTransitMasterPlan.com.

The goal is to adopt the final plan by July of 2019.

 

 

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