Some people in other areas of metro Atlanta are concerned after the decision to expand MARTA into Gwinnett County.

MARTA to announce Atlanta expansion plans Thursday

MARTA will announce the details of its final Atlanta expansion plan on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

In response to an AJC inquiry, spokeswoman Stephany Fisher confirmed MARTA will submit its recommended project list to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and announce it to the public simultaneously.

“In the interest of openness and full transparency, those recommendations will be shared simultaneously with the public and other stakeholders who have been following the city’s historic investment in the More MARTA Atlanta program,” Fisher said. “Subsequent to the mayor’s review, the full MARTA Board of Directors is expected to vote on the recommendations during its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 4.”

MARTA has been soliciting public feedback on a preliminary plan released in May. That plan called for 21 miles of light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit lines and other transit improvements.

Now the agency is finalizing plans for a $2.5 billion transit expansion approved by Atlanta voters in 2016. Last week the AJC reported that MARTA’s plans appear to be changing, with money perhaps shifting from the Clifton Corridor light rail line to the Atlanta Beltline and other priorities.

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