MARTA to hold public event in College Park

Customers of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, in College Park and South Fulton County, will have a chance to get their questions and concerns answered during an event next week.

MARTA will have a “Meet MARTA Day,” on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 4 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the College Park Station, 3800 Main Street in College Park, according to MARTA Spokeswoman Cara Hodgson.

The station is on East Main Street at Howard Avenue.

Hodgson added that the public is welcome to attend. The event will take place, simultaneously, at MARTA’s Kensington Station, at 3350 Kensington Road in Decatur, she said.

“We do a lot of customer-appreciation events, coupled with information about why MARTA matters, transit matters to the region,” she said.

People will have an opportunity to share comments, ask questions or address problems they may have with MARTA’s services, she said, including its bus and rail lines. There will also be light refreshments, games and prize giveaways.

People will be able to learn about the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum and share their thoughts on the transportation project list approved by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable, which includes some MARTA-related works, said Hodgson.

Ryland McClendon, with communications and external affairs for MARTA, said the transit authority will also share information about the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, which, through a proposed sales tax, will pay most of the costs for the projects on the list.

According to the Atlanta Regional Roundtable’s web site –– www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com –– the list has 12 MARTA transit projects. This includes a $4.4-million train control systems upgrade and an Airport Station improvement that will cost $7.1 million. The station is located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Roundtable will hold public meetings, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., according to the web site. In Fulton County, the meeting will occur on Sept. 28 at the South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road in College Park. There will be another meeting on Sept. 29 in Clayton County, in the board room of the Board of Commissioners at the Clayton County Administration Building, 112 Smith St., in Jonesboro.

“They [Roundtable members] are holding public hearings, right now, over the course of this month,” said Hodgson.