C-TRAN (Georgia)

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Clayton County C-TRAN
logo
Slogan Tomorrow's Transportation Today
Founded 2000
Headquarters Jonesboro, Georgia
Service area Clayton County
Service type Local and Express Bus Routes
Alliance MARTA and GRTA Xpress
Routes 8
Fleet 24 Orion VII Buses and 6 ParaTransit Vehicles
Fuel type compressed natural gas
Operator MARTA
Website C-Tran schedule

The Clayton County C-TRAN was a bus transportation system in Clayton County, Georgia that ran from 2001 to 2010. C-Tran was run by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) to manage the local bus system, linking bus routes to MARTA, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and major commercial and academic centers in the county. C-Tran's bus fleet was powered by compressed natural gas. Due to budget shortfalls, C-Tran ended service on March 31, 2010.[1]

History[edit]

A bus service system was first proposed by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners and approved by the voters of the county in July 2000. On February 14, 2001, the Board of Commissioners entered into a contract for the GRTA to run the bus service. In April 2001, the GRTA Board of Directors agreed to purchase the first 12 buses. Two initial routes began on October 1, 2001, with one additional route becoming operational in February 2003.

  • July 2001: GRTA signed contract with MARTA to provide operating personnel and facilities for the Clayton County bus system.
  • August 2001: Resolution 2001-79 passed by Clayton County Commissioners, naming the new Clayton County Transportation System the "C-TRAN" system (Clayton Transit).
  • October 2001: Route 501 and Route 503 became operational under MARTA management.
  • February 2003: Route 504 became operational.
  • June 2004: First Transit began operation of C-Tran service after a competitive RFP bidding process managed by GRTA.
  • October 2, 2007: MARTA began operating Clayton County’s C-TRAN bus and paratransit service (for the second time) this week as part of a 3-year joint agreement between the agencies to improve transit service in the region. Under the agreement, MARTA will operate and maintain C-TRAN’s fleet of twenty-four buses and six paratransit vehicles and will be fully reimbursed by the County for all expenses.
  • August 2008: C-tran added the Breeze system to all of its buses following CCT and MARTA additions
  • March 2010: C-Tran ended all bus services

Termination of service[edit]

On October 13, 2009, the board voted 4-1 to terminate its contract with MARTA, which runs C-Tran. The system had cost about $10 million per year to operate while collecting $2.5 million in farebox revenue. A previous bill was to go before the Legislature would have allocated some of MARTA's sales tax revenue to Clayton County and would have restored C-TRAN service. C-Tran ended service on March 31, 2010.[1] On November 2, 2010, a non-binding referendum voted in favor of joining MARTA, 70-30. However, the Clayton County Board Members must vote and approve of the MARTA System in Clayton County, before service is provided. Clayton County Board Members approved the 1% Sales Tax on July 5, 2014. Clayton County residents will now vote in November 2014 on a binding referendum if Fulton and DeKalb counties agree with the contract.

Buses in C-Tran livery are expected to be repainted into mainline MARTA livery; before the shutdown, MARTA and Xpress GA had been granted a controlling interest in the fleet.

Your South Side Transportation, a privately owned transportation service, began servicing 503 and 504 routes, the two busiest lines on C-TRAN, on April 1, 2010. The company was granted an emergency permit to run so people who normally ride the bus could have a bridge to get to work without feeling the stress of looking for transportation. The company charges $3.00 per trip. Your South Side Transportation currently operates two passenger vans.

On August 2, 2010, a new privately run service called Quick Transit started service on former C-Tran routes. Quick Transit covers former C-Tran Routes 501, 502, 503 and 504. Quick Transit fares are $2.00 higher than former C-Tran fares. One-way fare is $3.50, with no free transfers to MARTA. The operators of Quick Transit have implemented service along the former C-Tran routes 501 and 502. However as of July 1, 2011, Quick Transit has also ceased operations citing low ridership and high gas prices.

Bus information[edit]

Routes[edit]

  • 440 Tara Boulevard Express
  • 441 Jonesboro Express
  • 442 Riverdale Express

Route Addendum[edit]

The following routes are part of GRTA XPRESS.

  • 440 Tara Boulevard Express
  • 441 Jonesboro Express
  • 442 Riverdale Express

Major areas served[edit]

Budget[edit]

The initial three-year estimated budget, including startup capital and operating costs, totals $30.7 million with 80% of the funding coming from Federal sources, 10% from the state, and the other 10% from non-property Clayton County tax funds.

Garage[edit]

All C-TRAN buses were housed and fueled at MARTA's Laredo Garage under MARTA's first management contract, 2001 - 2004. Beginning in 2004, C-TRAN buses were housed and fueled at a facility located on Southlake Parkway in Jonesboro. This site was secured by First Transit when the company took over the operation in June 2004. MARTA subsequently used this same facility for its second iteration of C-TRAN management during the period of 2007 - 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fausset, Richard (March 31, 2010). "Clayton County loses vital bus service, link to Atlanta". Los Angeles Times. 

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