More than 100 new transit projects have been tentatively proposed.
Photo: AJC file
Photo: AJC file

Here’s how DeKalb residents can give feedback on future transit projects

Transit on the top end of I-285. Heavy rail along I-20 stretching out to Stonecrest. Light rail along the Clifton Corridor.

Those are just some of the many DeKalb County projects proposed by a new government agency that is guiding future expansion of transit across metro Atlanta.

Starting next week, DeKalb residents have the chance to provide their thoughts on the list of projects. The agency – the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority – has scheduled 10 public meetings across the region where residents can view the list and provide feedback. Here are the meetings best suited for DeKalb residents:

  • Monday, Oct. 21, at Sandy Springs City Hall, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia, GA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Headquarters, 245 Peachtree Center Ave., Suite 2200, Marquis Tower One, in Atlanta

All meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported, the plan includes major rail projects, bus rapid transit lines and other transit improvements. It includes 76 projects requiring federal or state funding, plus others that are in early development, don’t require federal funding or lack enough details to be further evaluated for now.

» READ MORE: Metro Atlanta transit plan takes a step forward

That funding is far from assured, and the list is meant to be a tentative guide for transit expansion in the region, the AJC reported.

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority is charged with creating a seamless regional transit system from the alphabet soup of agencies that provide local service.
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In all, the plan includes 192 transit projects. You can view the full list here.

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst is a supporter of “high capacity transit” along the top end of I-285.

“With the formation of the ATL, the state is finally putting the necessary funding in metro transit, allowing us a generational opportunity to deliver real, and lasting solutions,” Ernst said in a recent statement. “In order to keep that momentum going, I urge stakeholders to take the time to attend a meeting and ensure that Brookhaven has the strongest voice in this process.”

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Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.

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