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MARTA holds meetings to discuss north Fulton expansion
by Rachel Kellogg
July 02, 2014 12:26 PM | 1764 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARTA will be holding another series of public input meetings to discuss potential transit expansion north along the Ga. 400 Corridor.

One session will be held in Alpharetta on July 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta Campus, 3775 Brookside Parkway.

MARTA’s draft plans consider potential transit stations along Ga. 400 at Mansell Road, North Point/Encore Parkway, Old Milton Parkway and Windward Parkway.

The Old Milton Parkway facility would be considered only if MARTA decides to pursue a light rail or bus rapid transit model for transit delivery.

The agency currently relies on heavy rail and standard buses and appears to be favoring the extension of heavy rail up the corridor.

At a public input session held in Alpharetta in September, Janide Sidifall, a project manager with MARTA’s Ga. 400 alternatives analysis team, told residents the transit system is only in the beginning stages of planning the expansion.

The project development process could take anywhere from six to 12 years, she said.

One issue that remains a topic of discussion is funding.

“We do know one thing. We’re not going to be able to fund it the way we’ve funded projects like this in the past,” Sidifall said at the September meeting. “We’re going to have to involve other partners and probably the private sector.”

For additional information or to provide feedback to MARTA online, visit the website for MARTA’s Connect 400 Transit Initiative, at www.itsmarta.com/north-line-400-corr.aspx.

The agency’s most recent presentation on the initiative can also be found there.

MARTA also has a Facebook page dedicated to the expansion at www.facebook.com/Connect400.

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