JONESBORO — Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner left little doubt as to which side he sat on the debate over mass transit’s return Thursday.

Turner and county Transportation Director Jeff Metarko were panelists at a transportation forum in Riverdale. The other panelists came from Clayton State University, the City of Riverdale, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Unity Foundation and the Sierra Club.

The chairman touted the benefits of having a mass transit system, such as providing a way for residents to get to work and attracting new businesses to the county.

“I am totally committed to bringing back transportation,” Turner said.