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MARTA Advances Bus Rapid Transit for Consideration Along Clifton Transit Corridor

As part of ongoing project development for high-capacity transit along the Clifton Transit Corridor, MARTA is now advancing four possible routes for bus rapid transit (BRT). After years of planning and study, this project is advancing due in part to promising discussions with CSX railroad and the potential for significant federal funding.

Following a national trend, MARTA is embracing the benefits of BRT – faster delivery, more cost-efficient use of resources – along with providing a flexible and reliable, premium transit service that is like rail.

MARTA’s Clifton Transit Corridor Project Team held five stakeholder workshops between March 15 and March 23 that were part of the first step in the process to identify and study transit route alignments and transit vehicle types (Alternatives Analysis). At these workshops, ten BRT and rail alternatives were presented by the Project Team to key project stakeholders for feedback: City of Atlanta, Emory University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), City of Decatur, and DeKalb County.

“Emory is pleased to see the continued advancement of high-capacity transit to serve one of the region’s largest employment centers, which will provide metro Atlanta residents with much needed access to thousands of jobs along the Clifton Corridor. We are encouraged by the possibility of bus rapid transit and appreciate the thorough analysis MARTA is undertaking to recommend the most appropriate transit mode and route that will ensure this project will be competitive for federal funding and finally come to fruition,” said Betty Willis, Senior Associate VP, Government & Community Affairs and President, Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association.

An extensive series of public engagement meetings – both virtual and in-person – will be held in June and July to present possible alignments and receive feedback.

For more information on the Clifton Transit Corridor project, please contact clifton@itsmarta.com.


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