MARTA to host public hearings about proposed changes to its bus routesA MARTA bus at the Decatur, GA MARTA station. File Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt
Next week, MARTA is hosting three public hearings about possible bus service modifications.
The hearings will cover proposed changes to the following bus routes – Route 49: McDonough Boulevard; Route 50: Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway; Route 850: Carroll Heights/Fairburn Heights; Route 853: Collier Heights.
MARTA provided the following summary of the proposed changes:
Route 49: McDonough Boulevard:
It is proposed that Route 49 be realigned to operate along Ted Turner Drive to Mitchell Street (inbound) and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (outbound).
Route 50: Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway:
It is proposed that all Route 50 trips serve the UPS Distribution Center on Fulton Industrial Boulevard.
Route 850: Carroll Heights / Fairburn Heights:
It is proposed that Route 850 be modified to serve Atlanta Industrial Park. Service to Collier Ridge will continue to be provided by Route 853.
Route 853: Collier Heights:
It is proposed that Route 853 be modified to no longer serve Chappell Road south of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. In addition, Route 853 service through Collier Heights is proposed to be eliminated. Instead, Route 853 is proposed to continue on Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Harwell Road to the current end-of line loop at Collier Ridge.
There will be a time for people talk to MARTA representatives at a community exchange from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the public hearing at 7 p.m.
This meetings will be held following times/places, according to a recent press release:
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Clayton County Commission Chambers
112 Smith Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Riding MARTA: Route 193
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Decatur Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Riding MARTA: Blue Line to Decatur Station; exit onto Church St., continue one block east
Thursday, Jan. 24
Fulton County Assembly Hall
141 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Riding MARTA: Bus Routes 21, 42, and 55
“MARTA regularly evaluates bus route performance including scheduling, on-time performance, ridership, and safety,” the press release says. “Modifications were recommended based on feedback received from customers and the Authority’s service analysis.”
If approved by the MARTA Board of Directors, any modifications will go into effect on April 13, 2019.
People who have a schedule conflict and cannot attend may share their comments by phone at 404-848-5299, by letter mailed to MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, via online at www.itsmarta.com; or by fax to 404-848-4179 by Jan. 29, 2019.
In addition, copies of proposed changes will be online at: www.itsmarta.com at MARTA’s headquarters located at 2424 Piedmont Road in Atlanta.