MARTA gets $25 million federal grant for South DeKalb transit hub

A rendering of the South DeKalb Transit Hub. (Courtesy MARTA)

MARTA has been awarded $25 million grant for construction of the South DeKalb Transit Hub through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

The approximately 2,500 square foot multimodal hub will serve four high ridership bus routes: Route 15 (Candler Road), Route 186 (Rainbow Way), Route 74 (Flat Shoals), and Route 9 (Boulevard/Tilson Road).

Being built adjacent to the Gallery at South DeKalb on Candler Road, and with park and ride availability, the hub will provide a sheltered space to catch or transfer buses and purchase fare, and feature real-time service information and SMART restrooms which use technology to keep the facilities safe and maintained.

“We are thrilled to be awarded the full grant amount requested and are grateful to the FTA for recognizing the need for this important transit hub,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Collie Greenwood in a press release. “This grant covers almost 70 percent of the funding for this project and supports the improvement of bus facilities and amenities and workforce development in DeKalb.”

Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and Representatives Hank Johnson and Nikema Williams

The South DeKalb Transit Hub was identified in the DeKalb County Transit Master Plan and memorialized in the Rapid Transit Contract and Assistance Agreement 15th Amendment. The total project investment is approximately $37.5 million, with the remaining funding coming from MARTA’s Capital budget. It is scheduled to open in 2026.

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