MARTA board approves expansion project list

The MARTA Board of Directors has unanimously approved a multi-billion dollar expansion list, representing the region’s largest transit investment in more than four decades.

The More MARTA Atlanta program will be partially funded by approximately $2.7 billion generated by a half-penny sales tax approved by city voters in 2016. Additional public and private funding will be sought to advance and expand key aspects of the program.

A two-year study led to a 17-project program that calls for 22 miles of light-rail transit (LRT), 14 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT), 26 miles of arterial rapid transit (ART), two new transit centers, additional fixed-route bus service, and upgrades to existing rail stations. Residents were most supportive of transit investments along the Atlanta BeltLine, in the Clifton Corridor, and on Campbellton Road.

Notably, the list includes more than $570 million for light rail along 15 miles of the Atlanta Beltline and $350 million to build a light rail line from Lindbergh Station to the Emory University/CDC campus.

“As Atlanta’s population grows, so must our investment in equitable and accessible transportation options,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.” With development plans spanning from Greenbriar in Southwest Atlanta to Emory University, today’s MARTA vote helps move us closer towards becoming One Atlanta.”

“Think of this as a major and transformational down payment on our future commitment to the city and to the region,” said MARTA General Manager & CEO Jeffrey Parker. “This is an important milestone, but it’s not the finish line.”

For more details on the More MARTA program, including a map and breakdown of projects, visit https://www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.aspx.

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