MARTA, DeKalb County to invest $1.5 million in transit improvementsA 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
MARTA and DeKalb County have partnered to invest $1.5 million into a number of improvements for transit riders, a county press release recently announced.
According to DeKalb’s CEO, Michael Thurmond, and MARTA’s general manager and CEO, Jeffrey Parker, the improvements will include new bus shelters, benches and bathroom upgrades.
Over the next four years, MARTA plans to install up to 70 new shelters and benches per year. This year, MARTA installed 20 new shelters across the county, costing around $400,000, the release said.
These new investments are aimed to improve the quality of ridership in areas that have been under served in the past.
“DeKalb County has supported MARTA since its inception nearly 50 years ago,” Thurmond said. “The county’s investment and partnership with MARTA has spurred economic development, affordable housing, greater mobility and access to jobs.”
MARTA is also enhancing its partnership with the Keep DeKalb Beautiful initiative by increasing the annual maintenance contract from $75,000 to $150,000, which it says will support shelter maintenance and county beautification efforts.
“We value our longstanding partnership with DeKalb County,” said Jeffrey Parker, GM/CEO of MARTA. “Going forward, we remain committed to providing quality transit service and customer amenities that riders in the county want and deserve.”