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Southlake Bus Rapid Transit
Public Meeting

On March 29th, 2022, MARTA hosted a public meeting to provide updates and seek public input on the proposed Southlake Bus Rapid Transit project.

Southlake Bus Rapid Transit

Introduction

The Southlake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has been designed to improve transit service within Clayton County and to provide a high-capacity transit connection to the Atlanta metro area. The BRT system will operate primarily within the western, central section of Clayton County and include service to College Park, Riverdale, and Morrow, Georgia.

The proposed BRT route will extend from the College Park MARTA Station to Southlake Mall, connecting several key Clayton County destinations, including the Shops of Riverdale and the Southern Regional Medical Center, to MARTA’s heavy rail transit system. The majority of the guideway for the proposed project will be dedicated to bus traffic only. The estimated cost for construction is $338.1 million.

Rendering of potential station design for Southlake BRT

Purpose and Need

The Southlake BRT system is being designed to:

  • Provide greater access to jobs;
  • Provide additional reliable and frequent transit services that connect destinations within Clayton County and the Atlanta metro region;
  • Address the growing local demand for transit services in Clayton County; and
  • Support land use and economic development plans.

The purpose supports the following transit needs, identified through the planning and public involvement process:

  • Connect several multi-family residential areas resulting in a high system ridership of over 3,400 daily riders (Bus Route 196 is ranked 6th in the entire MARTA system by daily weekday ridership);
  • Make a vital connection to several multi-family communities in the study area;
  • Utilize existing primary routes that serve northwest Clayton County and the City of Riverdale;
  • Serve the highest percentage of commute trips through Clayton County from adjacent counties to regional employment centers; and
  • Serve local nodes such as Riverdale, College Park, Morrow, the Southern Regional Medical Center, the College Park MARTA Station, and Southlake Mall.
Alignment Area Demographics

11% Households Without Access to Vehicles

93% Minority Individuals

23% Low-Income Individuals

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What is BRT?

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.

 

Click the arrows below to learn more about Bus Rapid Transit.

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Bus Rapid Transit Characteristics

BRT typically includes the following:

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.

While transit buses usually operate on surface streets with other vehicles in “mixed traffic,” BRT systems include “fully dedicated” lanes on sections of the route, in which only public transportation and emergency vehicles may operate.

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. 

By the numbers:

  • Operating since 2008
  • 6.8 miles of BRT
  • 59 stops
  • 7 – 10 minute frequencies
  • 20,000 Daily Riders

By the numbers:

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

By the numbers:

  • Operating since 2002
  • 6 bus routes
  • 14 – 21 stops
  • 1 Mobility Hub
  • 39,000 Daily Riders
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What is a Bus Rapid Transit Station?

Southlake BRT features proposed station areas at strategic locations along the proposed alignment.

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
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What is a Mobility Hub?

Mobility hubs are stations with specialized amenities. They may also feature Park-and-Ride Lots and interconnections with local bus services at strategic locations.

The proposed station areas for Southlake BRT include a mobility hub location at Southlake Mall.

  • Ticket-vending machine
  • Shelters with seating
  • Time boards
  • Bicycle parking
  • Restrooms
  • 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 

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