Partial funding secured for Stonecrest MARTA expansions

Officials from Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced that federal funding has been secured to help bring a new bus transit hub to Stonecrest.

According to a news release, Hank Johnson, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District,secured $2 million for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District; $1 million for the Stonecrest Transit Hub Project, also supported by U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, and $1 million to construct pedestrian and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at MARTA facilities through the Safe Routes to Transit Program.

Nikema Williams, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 13th Congressional District – which includes portions of DeKalb County—also secured $1 million for ADA improvements in her district.

“Senators Ossoff and Warnock, along with Congresswoman Williams and Congressmen Johnson and Scott are part of what we proudly call our Transit Force. To MARTA, they are transit superheroes; key allies who help us provide safe, equitable, reliable transit in metro Atlanta,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood. “We are grateful for their continued support and for always fighting for transit at the federal level.” 

Johnson has also been an outspoken leader of a multi-year campaign to bring heavy rail and a transit hub to Stonecrest. In a recent townhall, Johnson and other local leaders cited job opportunities, increased local tourism, and a decrease in traffic, among other factors, as reasons to bring heavy rail to Stonecrest.

In several meetings, Johnson has urged local lawmakers to ask the State of Georgia for funding to combine with the proposed project’s federal and local funding.

“While I know heavy rail in South DeKalb is worth the investment, I also know it’s time to ask and expect our state to meaningfully invest in public transit,” said Johnson. “I want to see rail in south DeKalb County and I’m here to tell you that if that is your vision, we have to speak up … and make sure the local leaders hear you. MARTA and DeKalb shouldn’t be expected to find the funding for this project on their own.”

In November, DeKalb Commissioner Steve Bradshaw presented a resolution requesting the state of Georgia to annually fund MARTA through the state’s budget.

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