MARTA approves timeline for transit expansion program

The MARTA Board of Directors unanimously approved a sequencing timeline for upcoming transit projects at its June 13 meeting.

This partnership between MARTA and the City of Atlanta kicks off the largest investment in public transit since MARTA’s inception 40 years ago, including almost $1.3 billion for direct connectivity to and around the Atlanta BeltLine. The program of projects introduces new modes to the MARTA system, with 14 new miles of bus rapid transit (BRT),  22 miles of arterial rapid transit (ART); and 29 new miles of light rail service.

“This program is a game changer,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “We will have more and better transit options to get to job centers, colleges and universities, hospitals, parks and neighborhoods across Atlanta. With our focus now on the projects instead of the types of transit, we are ready to begin implementing the plan for enhanced service.”

“The Atlanta BeltLine was always envisioned as a transportation corridor, a plan validated by Atlanta voters in 2016,” said Clyde Higgs, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “The adoption of the More MARTA phasing today is a start towards fulfilling the promise of transportation options to some of the largest hubs for economic and workforce development along the BeltLine.”

Operational by 2025:

Capitol Avenue (Summerhill) BRT: a bus rapid transit line linking commercial, government and education centers and the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail.

ART projects:
Cleveland Ave: improvements to the existing Route 78 between East Point Station and Browns Mill Golf Course
Metropolitan Parkway: improvements to the existing Route 95 between West End Station and Hapeville
Peachtree Road: improvements to the existing Route 110 between Brookhaven Station and Arts Center Station, linking dense neighborhoods with key employment centers in midtown and downtown

North Avenue BRT Phase I: connecting the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Poncey-Highland to North Avenue Station

Bankhead Station improvements: lengthening the platform to accommodate eight-car trains and significant growth in the neighborhoods surrounding the station

Under construction by 2025:

Streetcar East Extension: an approximately two-mile route along the Atlanta BeltLine connecting the existing Atlanta Streetcar to Ponce de Leon Avenue through popular intown neighborhoods Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward and Poncey-Highland

Greenbriar Transit Center: a multi-modal transit hub connecting local bus service to high-capacity transit on Campbellton Road

Five Points: station improvements

Planning and design phase by 2025:

Campbellton Road high-capacity transit: approximately 5 miles of service from Oakland City Station to the Greenbriar Transit Center

Clifton Corridor Phase 1: light rail linking Lindbergh Center Station to Emory University, Emory Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control, Children’s Healthcare, and Veteran’s Administration Hospital

Southwest BeltLine: approximately 3.5 miles of light rail service from Oakland City Station to Westview Drive near I-20, where it would connect to the future western extension of the Atlanta Streetcar

Northeast BeltLine: approximately 3.5 miles of light rail service between Ponce City Market and Lindbergh Center Station/Armour Yard area

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

1 Comment
  1. My grandparents and great grandparents used to talk of an Atlanta where streetcars were a major form of transit during the 1st half of the 20th century.
    Perhaps one day my daughter and her children, or her children’s children, will ride a streetcar or light rail as part of a normal day in the 2nd half of the 21st century.

    I wonder what will come first. My 70th birthday (2050) or the full completion of the Atlanta Beltline.

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