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MARTA returns to Clayton County Saturday
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MARTA returns to Clayton County Saturday

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- For many in Clayton County, the wait is finally over. MARTA bus service is scheduled to begin Saturday.

C-TRAN, Clayton County's former bus service, hasn't been in operation since 2010. MARTA is expecting heavy ridership -- about 12,000 trips per day, due in large part to the county's demographics. Nearly 25 percent of Clayton County residents live below poverty level, and 7.2 percent don't have a household vehicle.

It's the very first new county expansion in MARTA's 35-year history. Last November, Clayton County residents voted to join DeKalb and Fulton counties by authorizing a penny sales tax for MARTA service.

The vote came after a series of contentious county commission meetings last summer. Some residents were opposed to paying the full tax without a guaranteed plan for rail service.

Norfolk Southern has authorized a study to see if there's enough right of way to lay MARTA rail track in Clayton County. The county is still eyeing a completion date of 2017.

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