MARTA announces transit expansion plans

by Rincey Abraham

After Atlanta voters approved the half-penny sales tax, MARTA and Atlanta have presented their recommendations for how to use the incoming revenue.

Part of the “More MARTA” project, 21 miles of light rail and 18 miles of bus rapid transit lines are part of the latest recommendations. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, MARTA and Atlanta employees reviewed a number of potential projects before coming up with their recommendations. The proposal includes only a third of the updates to the Atlanta Beltline originally proposed to MARTA, but supporters of light rail to Emory/CDC are excited to see that update recommended.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Four miles of light rail service from Lindbergh Station to a new station near Emory.
  • Three miles of light rail service from Ponce City Market to Lindbergh Station along the Beltline.
  • Four miles of light rail service from I-20 to Oakland City Station along the Beltline.
  • Five miles of light rail service along Campbellton Road between Oakland City Station and Greenbriar Mall.

MARTA is currently soliciting public feedback on these projects before approving a final list in the fall. See the full list of potential improvements coming to the city over on the Atlanta Journal Constitution.