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MARTA wants feedback on next steps in Atlanta expansion

The MARTA Board of Directors recently approved plans for a $2.7 billion transit expansion plan in Atlanta. Now the agency wants public feedback on what to do next, including which projects should be completed first.

The “More MARTA” plan includes 29 miles of light rail, 13 miles of bus rapid transit lines, other new bus routes, station improvements and other projects. 

MARTA will host four public meetings to solicit public comment on its plan: 

• Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the John C. Birdine Neighborhood Center, 215 Lakewood Way SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 

• Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at St. Mark AME Church, 3605 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 

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• Monday, Dec. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Library at Scott’s Crossing, 2489 Perry Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 

• Saturday, Dec. 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 

“More MARTA Atlanta is the people’s program, and it has been from the beginning,” said said Benjamin T. Limmer, MARTA Assistant General Manager of Planning, in announcing the meetings. “Public input has played a significant role in defining, and redefining, the program, and MARTA is committed to continued community engagement as this program develops.” 

In 2016, Atlanta voters approved a half-penny sales tax to pay for the improvements. For more information, visit www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.

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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.

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