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MARTA To talk I-20 Corridor in South DeKalb

October 14, 2010

MARTA is holding public meetings to discuss the horrific traffic in the I-20 corridor in South DeKalb. We all know that a transportation upgrade is needed in this part of the metro. Capacity has reached a critical stage especially during rush hours and on weekends. That traffic overflows onto surface streets and there is little you can do but wait it out. I don’t see heavy rail coming anytime soon, but I hope they can bring some alternative to driving. What they should have is a light rail system that travels along I-20 from Stonecrest, perhaps linking with MARTA stations on the east line or even downtown. It would be quicker and less expensive to implement and would remove vehicles from the road.  Here is the press release from MARTA:

MARTA Invites Community to Public Meetings to Discuss Potential I-20 East Corridor Transit Improvements

ATLANTA – MARTA invites the community to participate in upcoming public meetings to discuss potential transit improvements in the I-20 East corridor from downtown Atlanta to the Mall at Stonecrest in eastern DeKalb County.  MARTA, in partnership with DeKalb County and the Federal Transit Administration, is conducting the I-20 East Transit Initiative to address limited travel options and high levels of delay and congestion along this corridor.  The study will identify transit investments that will enhance east-west mobility and improve accessibility to residential areas and employment centers in this area.

The community is invited to attend all three public meetings, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., to learn more about the project and initial study findings, speak to project team staff members, and provide their input regarding transportation needs within the corridor and the study goals and objectives.


  • Tuesday, October 26

DeKalb Medical Center Hillandale – Community Room

2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway

Lithonia, GA  30058


  • Wednesday, October 27

East Lake YMCA – Community Room

275 East Lake Boulevard

Atlanta, GA  30317


  • Thursday, October 28

South DeKalb Mall – Community Room

2801 Candler Road

Decatur, GA  30034


An open house will be held during the first hour to give community members the opportunity to speak one-on-one with MARTA representatives.  At 7 p.m., MARTA will begin a formal presentation and question/answer session.  The same information will be presented at each meeting.


For more information on the project, please visit our website www.itsmarta.com/I20-east-corr.aspx


  1. Why?
    October 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to hear from Burrell Ellis and the commission why Harold Buckley is still the Dekalb rep. on the MRTA Bd. after over 20 years!!! There are over 700,000 people in DeKalb, Harold…give someome else a chance!!!

  2. Name One
    October 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    MARTA has been incompetently run for decades.

    DeKalb’s rep on the MARTA Board, realtor Harold Buckley, has been on the board for over 20 years. What do he have to point to as his accomplishments.

    Say what you want to say about often batty State Rep. Jill Chambers, she’s 100% right when she says that MARTA should have been “laying track” for the past decade instead of trying to work ridiculous real estate development schemes like the Lindbergh Station mess.

    I-20 didn’t turn into a nightmare overnight. Only DeKalb and Fulton counties pay for MARTA. Harold Buckley along with the rest of the MARTA board and the DeKalb County Commission and CEO’s have failed us once again.

    • October 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

      I agree that MARTA should have been laying track for the past decade. If they had concentrated on that, we would have a world class transit system!

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