ATLANTA, GEORGIA — The public transport in Atlanta is undergoing huge reforms. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is the agency dealing with the public transport. It has come up with a $2.7 billion expansion proposal to massively expand transit coverage in the city.
Within the proposal is a light rail project along a popular urban trail. Known as the Atlanta Beltline, this project will provide a light rail link with Emory University. Among the other projects are a new auto park. The auto park that’s a part of the upcoming changes will be full of new vehicles.
Atlanta Transit Will Undergo a Major Change
If approved, the city of Atlanta will undergo the largest change in the field of public transport. Some estimate that it is the largest reform in the area in over 4 decades. The initiative is called “More MARTA,” and it will create a huge change within the city. The proposal is planned to be put for vote by its board of directors on October 4, 2018.
The proposal has been planned and designed over the last two years. Focus groups and other studies helped identify the needs of the public, while the responsible agencies continued their planning. After the two years of work, it seems as though the agencies are ready to move forward.
The economists and urban engineers believe that these developments will help promote economic prosperity and enhance public transit ridership while improving quality of life for people all across Atlanta.
The project funding will mainly come from proceeds of a transit-specific sales tax approved by Atlanta voters in 2016. Atlantans will finally get to see the results of this initiative, then. Sometimes, the slow processes of public works can bother people. However, it seems as though the city will see results in the near future.