“Connect 400” Transit Initiative Moves Forward

MARTA’s efforts to extend access to transit to the Georgia 400 Corridor will move one step closer to reality next week as the agency invites public comment on its proposals.

Possible future MARTA stops along the Georgia 400 corridor.
Possible future MARTA stops
along the Georgia 400 corridor.
Ultimately, the goal of Connect 400 is to connect Sandy Springs to Alpharetta via transit, preferably through Heavy Rail Transit (HRT), an option MARTA’s Board approved as the locally preferred alternative on March 5 of this year. This proposal would extend the Red Line from the North Springs stop up to Alpharetta at a new Windward Parkway station. MARTA would also add intermediate stops at Northridge Road, Holcomb Bridge Road, North Point Mall/Encore Parkway, and Old Milton Parkway.

However, MARTA’s preliminary report, which you can read in full here, seems to indicate they might consider Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as a last resort. These buses could operate in an “exclusive guideway” or on the same lanes as automobile traffic.

MARTA invites anyone interested in the specifics of the proposed route to come to “to learn more about the environmental process, comment on the locally preferred alternative, and discuss how the project fits into the community.” Details on each of the three public meetings are below: two next week and one on April 30.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
North Fulton Service Center – Community Room
7741 Roswell Road, #104
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Georgia State University – Alpharetta Center
3775 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
East Roswell Recreation Center
9000 Fouts Road
Roswell, GA 30076

Alternatively, those wanting to comment on the proposed move online can use this online form, set up by MARTA officials. The deadline for public comments will end on May 11.

MARTA hopes to approve a final plan for the GA 400 Corridor by Spring 2017.

2 comments

  1. zedsmith says:

    I’m very excited for my fellow fultonites. Hopefully we can amass a pile of scratch sufficient for this plan.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    Buses operating in the same lanes as general traffic isn’t BRT, it’s buses. Buses or BRT requiring a transfer will cost a lot in the way of ridership for the demographic MARTA needs most, people with transportation options.

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