MARTA to seek federal approval for bus rapid transit line from Downtown to Southside

Courtesy MARTA

The MARTA Board of Directors announced during a Nov. 14 meeting that it will seek federal approval for a bus rapid transit (BRT) line running from Downtown to the Southeast Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.

The BRT line would act similar to a streetcar or rail line with dedicated lanes and stations with limited stops to speed riders to their destinations. The Capitol Avenue/Summerhill Line would connect the Georgia State MARTA Station to the BeltLine via Hank Aaaron Drive.

If approved by the Federal Transit Authority and the nearly $100 million in funding to build the line is secured, the BRT could be up and running by late 2024.

The MARTA Board’s move came on the same day as it announced spending $646 million on new rail cars.

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