MARTA Releases Recommendations for Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative

MARTA has finalized a recommended locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative.  The LPA is the alternative that, based on technical analysis and stakeholder input, would most effectively address the needs of the corridor and goals and objectives of the project. The Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT 1) Alternative has been identified as the recommended LPA, which includes 8.8 miles of new light rail service from Lindbergh Center Station in north-central Atlanta to Avondale Station in west-central DeKalb County.  The alternative includes 10 light rail station platforms and would provide direct service to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University and Hospital, and the DeKalb Medical Center.  Further, the alternative would provide an alternative means for high-capacity evacuation from the CDC in the event of an emergency situation.

MARTA Planning staff will present the LPA recommendation to the MARTA Planning and External Relations Committee on March 26th at 10:00 a.m. and to the MARTA Board on April 9th at 1:30 p.m.  Both meetings will be held at MARTA HQ at Lindbergh Center.

Upon MARTA Board approval, staff will present the LPA to the Atlanta Regional Commission for adoption and incorporation into the long-range transportation plan.  Afterwards, the LPA will be advanced through the next step in the federal project development process, which is the completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Questions or comments may be directed to Jason Morgan at

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