MARTA weighs expansion to North Fulton |


MARTA weighs expansion to North Fulton |

MARTA filed a notice to the Federal Transit Administration last week that it will hold a public meeting to get input about the potential for adding buses, light rail or heavy rail along a 12-mile stretch of Ga. 400 from Dunwoody to Alpharetta.

Currently the last stop on the MARTA red line is the North Springs station directly off Ga. 400 in Dunwoody.

The plan to expand northward is pie-in-the-sky for now because MARTA doesn’t have the money and has not identified another source of local, federal or private-sector investment. Janide Sidifall, project manager for the Ga. 400 transit iniative, said the agency’s latest move is neither a big step nor a baby step, but it’s “planning to one day take a step” in what is at least a 10-year federal planning process.

As it’s being shaped, the Ga. 400 transit expansion plan could involve adding rapid-transit bus service, with a dedicated lane where buses could bypass congestion. The current MARTA and Express bus service fights the same traffic congestion automobile drivers do.

Or, it could involve light rail (such as streetcars) from the existing North Springs MARTA station to Windward Parkway. That would include constructing as many as six stations, at Northridge, Holcomb Bridge, Mansell Road, North Point Mall, Old Milton and Windward Parkway.

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