Program Overview


The Clayton County Transit Initiative (CCTI) is comprised of three interconnected transit-related projects that explore opportunities to improve mobility options for Clayton County.

Projects being pursued as part of CCTI are a Transit System Plan and the development of an Operations and Maintenance Facility. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has emerged as the preferred high capacity option to deliver service to the western portions of the county.

BRT service offers fast, efficient, and frequent all-day service operating in mixed traffic and dedicated lanes with limited access facilities.

BRT provides similar experiences to rail service, often referred to as “rail on rubber tires.”

The following MARTA bus routes have been identified as good candidates for BRT service due to their high ridership and alignment demographics, which include:

  • Route 191 – Over 2,300 weekday riders
  • Route 196 – Over 3,500 weekday riders
Alignment Area Demographics

11% Households Without Access to Vehicles

93% Minority Individuals

23% Low-Income Individuals


Bus Rapid Transit Service Overview

Bus Rapid Transit provides reliable travel time experiences through the use of dedicated lanes, transit signal priority technology, and dedicated stations that offer seamless connections to local bus and rail services.

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What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Characteristics include:

Frequency is the amount of time between transit vehicle arrivals at a stop. A route with a bus arriving at a stop every half-hour would have a 30-minute frequency.

Some transit systems use unique branding for BRT service, which helps to clearly differentiate the enhanced transit service.

Queue jump lanes are additional travel lanes on the approach to intersections, allowing transit or emergency vehicles to bypass traffic at busy intersections.

Transit Signal Priority (TSP) technology connects transit vehicles to traffic signals, reducing the amount of time buses are sitting at red lights. 

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Examples of Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit is being utilized in a number of major American cities across the nation.  Below are a few notable examples. 

Healthline in Cleveland, OH. GCRTA

  • Operating since 2008
  • 6.8 miles of BRT
  • 59 stops
  • Average Speed: 12.5 miles per hour (mph)
  • 7 – 10 minute frequencies
  • 20,000 Daily Riders

G Line in Los Angele, CA. LA Metro

  • Operating since 2005
  • 18 miles of BRT
  • 17 stops
  • Average Speeds: 10 mph
  • 9 park & rides, 2 mobility hubs
  • 22,256 Daily Riders

Silver Line in Boston, MA. MBTA

  • Operating since 2002
  • 6 bus routes
  • 14 – 21 stops
  • Average Speeds: 12-13 mph
  • 1 Mobility Hub
  • 39,000 Daily Riders

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What is a Bus Rapid Transit Station?

Bus Rapid Transit stations often offer enhanced features and amenities similar to that of a rail experience.

  • Shelter
  • Bench
  • Sign
  • Next bus arrival information
  • Emergency phone
  • Ticket vending
  • 24/7 security monitoring
  • Proximity to existing activity centers
  • Proximity to major intersections
  • Optimal station locations to achieve peak travel time frequencies
  • Projected ridership
  • Connections with other transit services
  • Technical feasibility
Sample Station

What is a Mobility Hub?

Differing from station locations, Mobility hubs offer features such as Park-and-Ride Lots and interconnections with local bus services at strategic locations.

  • Ticket-vending machine
  • Shelters with seating
  • Bicycle parking
  • Trash receptacles
  • Park-and-Ride lots (available at select locations)
  • Easy transfer between BRT and Local Bus Service
  • Proximity to major activity centers
  • Seamless transfers to other transportation modes
  • Adequate land area to support transit operations 

Proposed Service

Overview Map

Overview Map
Use the interactive map below to see the connection of the proposed BRT project with the future and existing MARTA system.

If viewing on mobile, this map works best if you rotate your phone horizontally.

Clayton BRT Design

Two scenarios were analyzed during the study process. One alternative was created to maximize project cost-effectiveness, with the other alternative maximizing the amount of dedicated lanes.

BRT Proposed Dedicated Lanes

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Project Costs

Estimated project costs are inclusive of cost of construction and future operational costs. The project would be paid for through a combination of federal funding and the use of the existing Clayton County MARTA sales tax.
Project Costs for 55% Dedicated Lane Usage

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Note: all costs in 2020 dollars and operating costs over 20 years

Project Costs for 78% Dedicated Lane Usage

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Note: all costs in 2020 dollars and operating costs over 20 years

Project Timeline

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