Following the 2016 ballot initiative that passed overwhelmingly by City of Atlanta voters, more details are now available about how the projected $2.5B in local funding could be used and leveraged with other funds to bring more MARTA to the City of Atlanta. This fact sheet from MARTA is a good place to start.
The list of proposed projects for the "More MARTA" program includes light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), arterial rapid transit (ART), increased bus frequency, new transit centers, and transit station improvements. Some of the projects will introduce transit service into new areas of the City, including the Atlanta BeltLine, and other projects will augment existing service areas in MARTA’s footprint.
What’s already underway?
It’s important to note that the first projects in the "More MARTA" hopper are already underway in the form of enhanced bus service, expanded routes, increased service hours and greater frequencies. In all, more than 40 bus routes in the City of Atlanta have been touched by the More MARTA program.
Where does Midtown Atlanta factor into More MARTA’s proposed projects?
Currently slated for Midtown on the draft project list are:
- New east-west connections via a BRT line on North Avenue (formerly identified as an LRT route)
- Potential transit station improvements (maintenance, repairs/upgrades, enhancements)
- Select bus routes targeted for increased frequency
- ART connection to Buckhead from Arts Center Station (current bus route 110)
Where does the proposed "More MARTA " program go from here?
Midtown Alliance’s transportation team has been in meetings with MARTA and plans are in the works for a July public meeting in Midtown to discuss the "More MARTA" projects further. MARTA’s technical summary provides some background on the decision-making framework they have used to date to select projects.
MARTA’s next steps are to continue gathering input from stakeholders and the community this summer, with appoval by the Atlanta City Council and MARTA Board action this fall.
Weigh in on More MARTA
Watch MARTA’s website for more details on planned community events and pop-ups.
Give your feedback on the program by taking this survey.
For more information and to give feedback, contact MARTA:
You can also request a speaker to come to your organization and talk about More MARTA.