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Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will hold public hearings for the purpose of considering the

Proposed Bus Service Modifications for April 15, 2017

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Monday, Jan. 23 
Fulton County 
Assembly Hall 
141 Pryor St., SW Atlanta 30303 
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m. 
HEARING: 7 p.m. 
Riding MARTA: Bus Routes 32, 49, 55, 74, and 186. 

Tuesday, Jan. 24 
Clayton County 
Commission Chambers 
112 Smith Street, 
Jonesboro, GA 30236 
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m. 
HEARING: 7 p.m. 
Riding MARTA: Route 193. 

Thursday, Jan. 26 
Maloof Auditorium 
1300 Commerce Dr., 
Decatur 30030 
Community Exchange: 6-7 p.m. 
HEARING: 7 p.m. 
Riding MARTA: Walk one block west of Decatur Rail Station 



Proposed routing and/or adjustments and new service for the following bus routes: 

Route 3: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive / Auburn Avenue: [Map]
It is proposed that the temporary realignment implemented September 3, 2016 operating along Jackson Street, Irwin Street, Randolph Street, and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue be made the permanent routing. The temporary alignment was implemented at the request of the National Park Service in response to potential pedestrian safety concerns with operation along Auburn Avenue between Jackson and Randolph Streets.   

Route 5: Piedmont Road / Sandy Springs: [Map]
It is proposed the Comprehensive Operations Analysis improved service frequencies for Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) services be implemented on all service days. The improved service frequencies are designed to match rail service frequencies; hence weekday service will operate 10-minute peak, 12-minute midday, 15-minute evenings, and 20-minute late night. The Saturday and Sunday service frequencies will operate 20-minutes all day.  No alignment modification is proposed.

Route 56: Adamsville / Collier Heights: [Map]
It is proposed this route be realigned to accommodate one consistent route pattern through the Baker Hills and Wilson Mill Meadows communities. This realignment implements the streamlining services concept from the Comprehensive Operations Analysis and improved bus services from the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative. The Boulder Park Drive and Plainville Drive segments will be assumed by implementation of new Route 865-Boulder Park. The Bakers Ferry Road segment between Candlelight Lane and Wilson Mill Road and Tarragon Way segment between Basil Way and Wilson Mill Road will be discontinued due to underutilization but will still be within reasonable walking distance of the new Route 56 alignment. Route 56 service frequencies will be improved to 30 minutes during all service hours on all service days.

Route 66: Lynhurst Drive / Barge Road Park & Ride: [Map]
It is proposed this route be realigned to terminate at Stone Park Presidential Apartments on N. Camp Creek Parkway instead of the Barge Road Park & Ride lot. This alignment implements the Comprehensive Operations Analysis recommendation and improved bus service from the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative. Route 66 will maintain current routing to Continental Colony Parkway then continue south on Continental Colony Parkway and Stone Hogan Connector to N. Camp Creek Parkway. Route 66 service frequency will be improved to 30 minutes during all service hours on all service days.

Route 68: Donnelly/Beecher: [Map]
It is proposed this route be realigned to assume segments of Route 170 creating one route connected by Benjamin E. Mays Drive. The new Route 68 will operate via the Harland Terrace and Peyton Forest communities then continue Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Boulder Park Drive, Cushman Circle, Wilkins Lane, Scott Street, Brownlee Road to Benjamin E. Mays Drive (segments currently operated by Route 170-Brownlee Road/Peyton). At Benjamin E. Mays Drive, the route travels east to Beecher Road and maintains Route 68’s current alignment to West End Station. After serving West End Station, Route 68 will operate to Ashby Station via Oglethorpe Avenue, Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, and Carter Street. The Cascade Road, Boulevard Lorraine, Boulevard Granada, Lee Street, and West End Avenue segments will be discontinued due to underutilization but will still be within reasonable walking distance of the new Route 68 alignment.  Route 68 service frequency will be improved to 30 minutes during all service hours on all service days.  These improvements are a direct result of the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative.

Route 71: Cascade: [Map]
It is proposed this route be realigned to implement the Comprehensive Operations Analysis recommendation to extend services to Fulton Industrial Boulevard and streamline services. Route 71 will maintain its current alignment to Cascade Road and the Country Squire Apartment Complex then continue on Cascade Road to Fulton Industrial Boulevard, assuming the Boat Rock Road and Bakers Ferry Road segments currently operated by Route 73- Fulton Industrial. The Kimberly Road segment will be assumed by modifications to Route 165-Fairburn Road Barge & Ride.  Route 71 service frequencies will be improved to match rail service frequencies; hence weekday service will operate 10-minute peak, 12-minute midday, 15-minute evenings, and 20-minute late night. The Saturday and Sunday service frequency will operate 20- minutes all day. These improved service frequencies are recommendations for the Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) service tier and area direct result of the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative.

Route 73: Fulton Industrial Blvd: [Map]
It is proposed this route be realigned to implement the Comprehensive Operations Analysis recommendation to maintain service along Fulton Industrial Boulevard to Boat Rock Boulevard and LaGrange Boulevard, streamlining services along the corridor. The Boat Rock Road and Bakers Ferry Road segment will be assumed by modifications to Route 71-Cascade. The Westpark Place alignment and selected trips to Fulton County Housing Authority remain unchanged. Route 73 currently operates weekday service frequencies to match rail service levels; as such, no change will be made to weekday frequencies. Route 73 Saturday and Sunday service frequencies will be improved to 15-minute all day and 20-minute night. An earlier AM trip will also be added to accommodate passenger loads. 

Route 94: Northside Drive: [Map]
This new local route will operate between West End Station and The District at Howell Mill. From West End Station, Route 94 will operate via Lee Street, Westview Avenue, Chapel Street and Northside Drive. At Bellemeade Avenue, the route will circle the District at Howell Mill via Bellemeade Avenue, Howell Mill Road, I-75 Access Road and Northside Drive. This new service will operate weekday service frequencies of 20-minute peak and 30-minute all other service hours. Saturday and Sunday service frequency will be 30- minutes all day. As ridership develops, Route 94 will be a candidate for improved service frequencies and potential Arterial Rapid Transit or Bus Rapid Transit service.  This new service is a direct result of the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative.

Route 165: Fairburn Road/Barge Road Park & Ride: [Map]
It is proposed the current short-turn alignment which terminates at Fairburn Road and Cascade Road be extended along Cascade Road and assume the Kimberly Road segment currently operated by Route 71-Cascade which will be the new terminus for Route 165. The route pattern that operates to Barge Road Park & Ride remains unchanged. Additionally, to streamline service as recommended by the Comprehensive Operations Analysis, from Hamilton E. Holmes station, Route 165 will operate via Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Fairburn Road. The segments along Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Burton Road, Linkwood Road, Delmar Lane, Brownlee Road, Brownlee Place, Nathan Road, and Boulder Park Road will be assumed by new Route 865-Boulder Park Drive. As part of the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative Route 165 service weekday frequencies will be improved to 15-minute peak, 20-minute midday, evenings and late night. The Saturday and Sunday service frequencies will be improved to 15-minute all day and 20-minute night. Trips will alternate between the Barge Road and Kimberly Road patterns.  

Route 170: Brownlee Road/Peyton: [Map]
All segments of Route 170 will be assumed by modifications to Route 68-Donnelly / Beecher.

Route 865: Boulder Park Drive: [Map]
This new circulator route will assume neighborhood segments from Routes 56-Adamsville/Collier Heights and 165-Fairburn Road/Barge Road Park & Ride. From Hamilton E. Holmes station, Route 865 will operate via Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Burton Road, Linkwood Road, Delmar Lane, Brownlee Road, Brownlee Place, Nathan Road, and Boulder Park Drive which is currently operated by Route 165. From Boulder Park Drive, Route 865 will continue to Dollar Mill Road and serve the Ridgecrest Forest community via Dollar Mill Road, Utoy Circle, and Dollar Mill Road returning to Boulder Park Road currently served by Route 56. Next, the route will travel east on Boulder Park Drive to Wilson Mill Road, Wildwood Lake Drive, Plainville Drive and Plainville Circle (segments currently served by Route 56). Route 865 then returns to Boulder Park Drive and Hamilton E. Holmes station.  Route 865 will operate at 30-minute service frequency during all service hours on all service days. This new community circulator service is a recommendation from the Comprehensive Operations Analysis with improved frequency from the City of Atlanta More MARTA initiative.

Route 195: Forest Parkway / Roosevelt Highway: [Map]
It is proposed Route 195 be realigned to operate via Frontage Road and Falcon Drive on select trips in response to requests from the Clayton County Transitional Center for improved transit accessibility.

MOBILITY:
Adjust complementary ADA service to reflect the modified route alignments to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

All route information, a video presentation and comment forms are available at www.itsmarta.com

Copies of the proposed Bus Service Modifications will also be available for public viewing at MARTA’s Headquarters Office of External Affairs, 424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm.  

For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations contact, (404) 848-4037. For those patrons requiring further accommodations, information can be obtained by calling the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 404 848-5665.

In addition, a sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings. If you cannot attend the hearings and want to provide comments you may: (1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299; (2) write to MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; (3) complete an online Comment Card at www.itsmarta.com; (4) or fax your comments no later than February 2, 2017 to (404) 848-4179.

All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests are affected by the subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and invited to appear at said times and places and present such evidence, comment or objection as their interests require.

Keith T. Parker, AICP, General Manager/CEO

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