12.0 mile extension of heavy rail from Indian Creek
5 new heavy rail stations
1 reconfigured existing heavy rail station
- 12.8 mile BRT service
- 5 bus rapid transit centers
- Five Points
- Glenwood Park (transfer to BeltLine)
- Glenwood Avenue
- Gresham Road
- Wesley Chapel Road
- 2 existing maintenance facilities
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), in conjunction with DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, and in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), initiated the I-20 East Transit Initiative to identify transportation and environmental impacts associated with the development of high-capacity transit service from downtown Atlanta to the Mall at Stonecrest in southeastern DeKalb County. The project is intended to improve east-west mobility and accessibility to jobs and housing by providing a high-capacity transit alternative in the I-20 East Corridor. In addition, the project will provide opportunities for economic development and support revitalization efforts as planning partners in the corridor including the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County prepare for anticipated future growth.
A Detailed Corridor Analysis (DCA) was completed and the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) was adopted by the MARTA Board of Directors in April 2012. The adopted LPA for the corridor includes two components: 1) new bus rapid transit (BRT) service along I-20 between the existing Five Points MARTA station in downtown Atlanta and a new transit center at Wesley Chapel Road and 2) a 12-mile extension of the existing MARTA heavy rail transit (HRT) line from the Indian Creek Station. The HRT line would extend south, adjacent to I-285 to serve the Wesley Chapel Road transit center, and then transition east parallel to I-20 to the Mall at Stonecrest in Southeastern DeKalb County.
The BRT and HRT components of the project are being evaluated in separate environmental documents. An Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared for the BRT component, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared for the HRT component. Efforts are currently underway to complete the environmental review by finalizing these documents and advance both the BRT and HRT into FTA’s Capital Investment Grant project development, where they will compete for Federal funding. MARTA is also exploring alternative funding sources to cover the projects’ capital and operating costs.
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