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Project Steering Committee Meeting Presentation from June 20th, 2013 now available in Presentations Section.

The latest environmental newsletter for Sping/Summer 2013 is now available. Click Here! 

Clifton Corridor Details

Adopted Locally Preferred Alternative

  • 8.8 miles of light rail double track (includes tunnels and elevated sections) 
  • 10 light rail station platforms
    • Lindbergh Center (transfer to Red or Gold Lines)
    • Cheshire Bridge
    • Sage Hill
    • CDC/Emory Point
    • Emory-Rollins
    • Emory-Clairmont
    • North Decatur
    • Suburban Plaza
    • DeKalb Medical Center
    • Avondale Station (transfer to Blue Line)
  • 3 additional optional stations for consideration
    • Piedmont (transfer to BeltLine)
    • DeKalb Industrial
    • North Arcadia (old DeVry campus)
  • 2 Maintenance and/or storage facilities

See MAPS SECTION for more details.


The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association (CCTMA) have partnered to conduct the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative - Alternatives Analysis.

The Clifton Corridor Alternatives Analysis involves investigating the need for high-capacity transit connections between the Lindbergh Center/Armour Yard area in north-central Atlanta to Clifton Road employment centers and the City of Decatur in west-central DeKalb County.  The Clifton Corridor includes some of the largest activity centers in metro Atlanta without convenient access to the interstate system or MARTA rail connections.  These conditions have created high levels of traffic congestion on a severely limited network of roadways.  The corridor is home to a number of well established residential communities and several major employers such as Emory University, Emory Healthcare, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veterans Administration Medical Center & Regional Offices, and the DeKalb Medical Center.

The study will result in the selection of a specific alignment and technology that best meets the transit needs for the corridor.  Once this selection has been made an environmental impact statement will be developed followed by engineering and design activities.

A comprehensive public outreach effort is underway and will include many methods of communication and opportunities for community involvement.  Public involvement efforts include newsletters and fact sheets, public meetings, Facebook fan page and this project webpage.  Please feel free to explore this site further, and become a fan of the project Facebook page by clicking on the icon below:

Click here to find the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative on Facebook

Goals and Objectives 

The project team in conjunction with the community have identified eight (8) primary goals that a project emerging from the Alternatives Analysis should meet:

  • Goal 1: Serve existing and projected mobility demands
  • Goal 2: Expand transportation choices
  • Goal 3: Expand transit accessibility and connectivity
  • Goal 4: Promote a safe transportation network
  • Goal 5: Improve disaster responsiveness
  • Goal 6: Strengthen desireable land use patterns and economic development opportunities
  • Goal 7: Minimize adverse environmental impacts
  • Goal 8: Provide a cost-effective and efficient transportation investment strategy
Learn more about the goals and objectives and how they will be applied to the evaluation of each alternative by clicking here


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