Report: MARTA recommends 21 miles of light rail, 18 miles of rapid bus service

MARTA and the City of Atlanta have recommended building 21 miles of light rail and 18 miles of bus rapid transit lines to improve transportation in the city.

According to a report at the AJC, MARTA is finalizing expansion plans that will be funded by the half-penny sales tax approved by voters in 2016. The sales tax is expected to generate $2.5 billion over 40 years.

The plan includes completing the long-proposed Clifton Corridor light rail through Emory University, but Atlanta BeltLine proponents expressed displeasure that only about a third of the light rail promised for the loop is part of the list. MARTA plans get public feedback on the projects before coming up with a final list in September.

Some of the Intown highlights of the plan:

Clifton Corridor: Light rail service from Lindbergh Station to Emory University.

Atlanta Beltline: In the northeast section, there will be three miles of in-street light rail service from Ponce City Market to Lindbergh Station. For the southwest section, in-street light rail would run from I-20 to Oakland City Station.

Crosstown: Three miles of in-street light rail would connect the Atlanta Streetcar in Downtown to the Westside Trail of the Beltline, while two miles of light rail would connect the Atlanta Streetcar in Downtown to the BeltLine near Ponce City Market.

Bus rapid transit: A number of rapid transit bus lines have been proposed, including the three-mile Capitol Avenue line to connect to the BeltLine. A four-mile North Avenue line would connect Bankhead Station to the BeltLine along Hollowell Parkway and North Avenue. An “arterial rapid transit” line (offering more frequent service) would connect Brookhaven to Five Points along Peachtree Street/Road.

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