Clayton Multipurpose O&M Facility
The Clayton Multipurpose Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Facility will support operations of 31 regional bus routes and 300 buses. The facility will also include a MARTA police precinct and training facility, employee wellness center, bus maintenance and repair facilities, transit operations and administrative offices, bus fueling points, bus inspection areas, vehicle cleaning facilities, 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.
In August 2022, the MARTA Board of Directors Planning and Capital Programs Committee recently approved an engineering and design firm to complete the design of the Clayton O&M Facility. This facility helps MARTA honor its commitment to expand transit service and amenities in Clayton County. For more information, see the press release link below.
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 as well as 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 up to 300 buses with parking, fueling, washing and maintenance.
- Support fueling and servicing of alternative fuels including natural gas and fully electric buses. The site will be designed to support an all-electric bus fleet in the future.
- 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 approximately $174K annually on the City of Forest Park.
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