Clayton Multipurpose O&M Facility
The Clayton Multipurpose Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Facility will support operations of 31 regional bus routes and 250 buses. The facility will also include a MARTA police precinct, designated training areas, bus maintenance and repair facilities, transit operations and administrative offices, bus fueling points, bus inspection areas, vehicle cleaning facilities, fare retrieval points, bus parking and employee parking.
During the facility planning process, MARTA analyzed over 25 potential sites within Clayton County. The site selection process used 16 evaluation criteria to rank the potential sites including traffic conditions, current land use and zoning, site acquisition costs, site development costs and economic development factors. Located in Forest Park, Georgia, the preferred site consists of two adjacent parcels zoned light industrial and totaling 31 acres. The preferred site is a “greyfield” site, or underutilized land that presents favorable conditions for redevelopment.
Purpose and Need
This facility is necessary to allow MARTA to continue implementing a large service expansion as part of the More MARTA Program in the City of Atlanta, Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties. This new facility will supplement other existing MARTA bus maintenance facilities in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, leverage new vehicle technologies such as electric bus and connected/autonomous vehicles and add needed infrastructure to improve current bus system operations. The need for this new facility was recognized years ago when Clayton County citizens voted to join the MARTA system in November 2014.
The MARTA Clayton Multipurpose O&M Facility is being designed to:
- Increase system efficiency by reallocating equipment from existing MARTA bus maintenance facilities, up to 19 miles away, to the new facility resulting in a reduction in overall bus mileage, lost revenue time and emissions.
- Lower operational costs by reducing lost revenue time, mileage, deadhead costs and bus driver costs.
- Accommodate 250 buses with parking, fueling, washing and maintenance.
- Support fueling and servicing of alternative fuels including natural gas and fully electric buses. The site has nearby electrical infrastructure capable of supporting an all-electric bus fleet.
- Spark economic investment in the community, with the site being located within a federally designated Opportunity Zone.
- Help create construction and new transit jobs locally, employ over 400 employees and enhance safety with the presence of officers at the police precinct. The facility will have positive future net fiscal impact of about $174K annually on the City of Forest Park.