Last fall MARTA narrowed a list of more than 70 potential city projects to 17 projects to be paid for through the new sales tax. Now it's considering a preliminary timeline that will determine when projects move forward.
Under the proposal, the Capitol Avenue/Summerhill bus rapid transit line and the first phase of a North Avenue BRT line would open by 2025. Three arterial rapid transit routes and the renovation of the Bankhead station would be completed by that same year.
The first light-rail project — an extension of the Atlanta Streetcar east to Krog Street — would be open within a decade. Other light-rail lines — including 15 miles of rail on the Atlanta Beltline and the 4-mile Clifton Corridor — would follow. But the entire 29 miles of rail envisioned for Atlanta would not be completed until after 2040.
Catherine Owens of the consulting firm HNTB, which helped draft the plan, told board members the timeline is subject to change, depending on cash flow from the sales tax and other factors. And board members expressed a desire to speed up projects as they’re able.
Beltline supporter Kay Stephenson, who attended the meeting, was glad to hear that. She and other supporters want the full 22-mile Beltline loop completed by 2030.
“I was actually encouraged to hear Robbie Ashe and others pushing for more funding so we can get things done sooner,” Stephenson said.