State tollway authority helping to relocate Amtrak station to Atlantic Station, GDOT commissioner says

By David Pendered

The state’s tollway authority is negotiating the planned relocation of Amtrak’s train station from Buckhead to Atlantic Station, the mini city on the western edge of Midtown.

The station’s proposed relocation was to be the first item discussed at a meeting convened today by state Transportation Commissioner Emory McClinton. The matter never came up.

“Gena [Evans] is negotiating it. That’s all I can say,” McClinton said after the meeting.

Evans is executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority. The agency is best known for collecting tolls along Ga 400.

Gov. Nathan Deal chairs the SRTA board. State law provides SRTA with broad powers, including the authority to:

  • Condemn land;
  • Borrow money by issuing revenue bonds;
  • Build, maintain and operate properties.

Telephone calls and emails seeking more information from SRTA and Amtrak were not immediately returned.

In 2002, SRTA spent $10.4 million in tollway collections to buy 6.8 acres on the west side of Atlantic Station. At the time, the land was intended to be a landing pad for a transit line from Cobb County.

Earlier this year, the site was earmarked for Amtrak’s new station. The state requested federal funding to help build a facility, but did not receive the money.

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David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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