The Cobb County Department of Transportation received more than $8 million in grants through the state-funded GO! Transit Capital Program on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) Executive Director Chris Tomlinson announced awards for 11 transit projects, including two for Cobb County. The awards for Cobb will fund bus route expansions.
One grant totaling $5,678,160 will fund the purchase of 12 new buses for the county’s new route 10X. The route will reduce transfers and decrease travel time along the I-75 corridor through limited stop express service from Town Center to the Midtown MARTA station.
Six new buses for the Cumberland Circulator will be purchased with the second $2,680,426 grant, which will allow for two new routes within the Cumberland Community Improvement District. The routes will improve access to locations such as SunTrust Park and the Cobb Galleria.
“This has been a very important day for transit in Cobb,” said Cobb County DOT Interim Director Jim Wilgus.
The SRTA GO! Transit Capital Program aims to address capital-related public transportation needs throughout Georgia. The awarded projects, totaling $75 million, will have a significant impact in improving transit in the state by addressing issues ranging from congestion relief to safety.
For more information on the GO! Transit Capital Program and the grant recipients, visit https://gov.georgia.gov.