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21 January 2015

Clayton County Appoints Long-time Mass Transit Advocate to MARTA Board of Directors

In just a few weeks, MARTA buses will run down Clayton County roads for the first time since voters approved an additional 1% sales tax for mass transit.

MARTA's expansion into Clayton County is a hard-won victory for mass transit advocates, and now one of their own will take a seat on the MARTA board.

Former state Representative Roberta Abdul-Salaam received a unanimous vote from the Clayton County Commission, 20 January 2015, to be one of their two appointees on the MARTA Board of Directors. Abdul-Salaam was the brains behind a 2010 non-binding referendum on MARTA in Clayton County. Following the success of that vote, Abdul-Salaam urged state legislators and local lawmakers to put MARTA on the ballot officially. The binding MARTA referendum passed with over 70% of the vote.

The MARTA Board consists of representatives from the City of Atlanta, Fulton, and DeKalb counties.

Abdul-Salaam's term lasts for four years, and expires 31 December 2018.

MARTA expects to have buses running in Clayton County by March.