Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. is your last chance to tell MARTA what you think about its bus rapid transit (BRT) plan for Riverdale and Clayton County. Don’t get left behind!

The BRT will be called “MARTA RAPID” and it will travel State Route 54, running 24 miles between the East Point MARTA Rail Station and Lovejoy in Clayton County, GA.

Sometimes the BRT will be in lanes with cars. Other times, it will run in special BRT-only lanes. And traffic lights will be specially timed to keep the BRT moving. Traffic engineers say that should improve traffic for everybody, not just the BRT. Here’s how it looks when you ride the BRT:

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Here’s a more detailed explanation of how it works from MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood:

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Join the meeting by Zoom

To get in on the call, go to connectclayton.com and sign up for the 6:30 p.m. session. You’ll get a Zoom link. Just click on that link if you already have Zoom on your computer or mobile device.

How to get Zoom on your device

If you don’t already have Zoom on your phone or computer, just visit https://zoom.us/download, click on the file that comes up for your device, and install it. Either log in or create a new account using your e-mail address. Then you should be able to join the meeting. The webinar ID is 27 8733 3774 and the passcode is 210976 if you are asked to enter those.

See our previous story for details on why the BRT line will change Clayton County.

Drew Andrews, who was one of several people at Monday’s live session, said it was poorly attended and urged local residents to get on the call tonight.

The BRT will be a catalyst for new construction, both residential and commercial, which will have a major impact on how Clayton County looks and how residents get around. That change is called “Transit Oriented Development” and it means big real estate, construction, and other kinds of business deals are likely along the route.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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