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MARTA to reveal three Clifton Corridor transit alternatives

An illustration of possible routes for light trail on the Clifton Corridor as shown earlier this year. MARTA has now narrowed the alternatives for rail and bus rapid transit options to three. (Illustration by MARTA.)

By John Ruch

MARTA will reveal three alternatives for routes or modes of its proposed Clifton Corridor transit line at public meetings on Nov. 15 and 17.

The Clifton Corridor line would run between Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center Station and either the Avondale or Decatur stations. Along the way, it would serve such major institutions as Emory University.

Options for BRT on the Clifton Corridor line as presented by MARTA earlier this year. (Illustration by MARTA.)

Originally proposed as a light rail line, the Clifton Corridor has been under consideration as a bus rapid transit (BRT) line as an alternative. BRT typically means high-capacity buses using a dedicated lane and other advantages over other motor vehicle traffic.

At meetings earlier this year, MARTA solicited feedback on 10 alternatives for routes and modes. The transit agency said in a Nov. 7 press release that it has narrowed those options to three and is seeking feedback to select the final one.

MARTA spokesperson Stephany Fisher would not reveal what those three alternatives are, but said both light trail and BRT are still being considered as possible modes.

The Nov. 15 meeting will be held in-person at 6:30 p.m. at North Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church St., Decatur. RSVPs are requested via this online form.

The Nov. 17 meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom. The option for phone callers is 301-715-8592 with Meeting ID 835 3599 3231 and Passcode 074658.

The meetings also can be accessed through MARTA’s Clifton Corridor website.


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  1. Alex November 8, 2022 2:59 pm

    Light rail is the only option. It’s far more popular and sophisticated than buses and would attract new riders. Adding a big bus just has no value add and does not make the city look any nicer. Rail is the way to go at every turn.Report

  2. Nicolas Uppal November 10, 2022 3:19 pm

    I agree rail is a much better way tomake this infrastructure development aninvestment. With the waypopulation trends are progressing, and tge way commodityprices are at the metaphorical base camp of their Everest-sized ascent, the question becomes: Do we build light rail now,or do we wait 10 years to hastily build light rail, while we have toIDEAL moment.Mr. Greenwood, you will expose the students of Emory to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Emory. Look how transformative GA Tech has been make the Clifton corridor a fractal of our city leadership: an Engineer/quantitative mayor, and a qualitative management giant as city council president, Emory and GA Tech MARTAconnectReport


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