MARTA to Hold Public Hearings on June 4 For Proposed Service Changes to the Q Bus Routes

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    MARTA will hold public hearings on proposed service modifications to the “Q Bus Routes” at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center, 495 North Indian Creek Road in Clarkston, at 7 p.m. on June 4, 2013, to gather input from customers and stakeholders.

    The changes, proposed for implementation on August 24, 2013, include the restructuring of the Route 520 “Q-Limited” and the elimination of the Route 521 “Q-Express.”

    MARTA has proposed these changes to respond to service evaluations which show a greater demand for more frequent stops which are currently provided by the Route 121. To offer more effective and efficient service to customers traveling in this corridor, MARTA will increase the frequency of the Route 121 from every 15 minutes to every 12 minutes.

    The 521 “Q-Limited” route will be rebranded the Route 121-Stone Mountain/Memorial Drive “Limited” and will continue offering 10-minute headways during peak service. The Route 121 “Limited” will travel to all the stops previously served by the “Q-Express” including the Goldsmith Park & Ride. Details regarding the proposed changes are listed below.

    Prior to the start of the official public hearing, MARTA staff will be available for a Community Exchange from 6 to 7 p.m. to provide information regarding the proposed changes and answer questions.

    MARTA regularly reviews bus route performance including scheduling, on-time performance, ridership and safety. Final changes will be recommended based on feedback received from customers as well as the Authority’s service analysis.

    Copies of the proposed bus service modifications are available for review at MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the MARTA website http://www.itsmarta.com. A summary of the proposed bus modifications can be requested by leaving a message on MARTA’s comment line, 404.848.5299. The proposed modifications will also be available for public inspection before each hearing.

    Patrons may request information in an accessible format (free of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations by calling MARTA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 404.848.4037.

    For 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.

    People unable to attend the hearings can provide comments regarding the proposed bus service modifications to MARTA’s Office of External Affairs through June 9, 2013 by leaving a message at 404.848.5299, writing to 2424 Piedmont Road, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30324-3330, completing an online comment card at http://www.itsmarta.com, or faxing comments to 404.848.4179.

    The Public Hearing will be held at the following location:
    Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center
    495 North Indian Creek Road, Clarkston, GA 30021
    7:00 PM
    Community Exchange from 6 – 7 PM
    Riding MARTA: Take Bus Route 121 from Kensington Station or Bus Route 125 from Avondale Station to Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Special bus shuttle service will also be provided from Kensington Station.

    Proposed Service Changes for August 24, 2013
    Route 121: The service frequency will be increased from a 15-minute headway to a 12-minute headway.
    Route 521 “Q-Express”: Proposed for elimination.

    Route 520 “Q-Limited”: Maintain current 10-minute service frequency and restructure to provide service to the Goldsmith Park & Ride Lot. The new alignment will operate along Central Drive outbound from Kensington Station only and along Memorial Drive inbound to Kensington Station.

    The segment along N. Hairston Road between Central Drive and E. Ponce De Leon Avenue, Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Lewis Road, McCurdy Drive and E. Ponce De Leon Avenue between McCurdy Drive and N. Hairston Road will be discontinued. Additionally, Route 520 “Q-Limited” will be renamed as Route 121-Stone Mountain/Memorial Drive “Limited”.

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