According to the Atlanta Business Chroncle, MARTA is working with the Georgia Legislature pass a bill this year that would ask voters to approve a sales tax increase that would fund $5.5 billion in new rail projects in Fulton and DeKalb County over the next couple of decades.
MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe characterized the effort as ““What we’re looking for is to give Fulton and DeKalb the same thing Atlanta got in 2016,”. In 2016, Atlanta residents the General Assembly passed and voters ratified $2.5 billion for new rail projects in the City of Atlanta, but nowhere else.
“Does this better connect the Decatur rail commuter to the broader region?”, you ask. Why perhaps. Perhaps indeed. From the ABC…
Rail projects that could be funded through the new legislation include a light-rail line along the Clifton Corridor, an extension of MARTA’s North Line from Dunwoody to Alpharetta, an extension of MARTA heavy rail east along Interstate 20 and bus-rapid transit service, also along the I-20 corridor.
Here are a couple of Clifton Corridor maps that show the current alternatives for routes/stops as of late 2016 from a MARTA “fact sheet”. Click to enlarge.
More as this develops.
MARTA proposed map from 2015 courtesy of WABE