Atlanta transit agency proposes public transit expansion

The plan would create new transportation options for several Atlanta neighborhoods

September 28, 2018
transit expansion

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has rolled out a sweeping expansion plan that extends light rail and bus lines across the city of Atlanta.

From the Emory campus to Campbellton Road, it would create new transportation options for several Atlanta neighborhoods. The plan could take decades to complete. If it moves forward, it would be the largest expansion in MARTA's history.

The plan, which touches every corner of the city, calls for a combination of new light-rail lines, extending the Atlanta street car, two different kinds of bus rapid transit, expanding other bus routes, plus building new transit stations. Some of the highlights include more than a half billion dollars to build a light rail along the Atlanta Beltline, a new light rail line along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta, and up the Clifton Road Corridor to Emory University.

MARTA has been working on the plan ever since Atlanta voters approved a half-penny sales tax in 2016 for transportation projects. The tax will generate $2.5 billion over 40 years. The agency is counting on private dollars and federal funding to get a lot of the work done. MARTA's board is expected to vote on the plan next week.

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Source: WSB-TV (Atlanta)

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