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LATEST ON MARTA CLIFTON CORRIDOR PLANS July, 2023
MARTA is currently moving forward with bus rapid transit (BRT) alternatives for the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative. BRT would be a dedicated bus lane running alongside the CSX rail track from Lindbergh to somewhere near the Emory Clairmont Campus parking deck on Starvine Way. At this time, local funding for this project is only available within the City of Atlanta.
The initial expectation of a final public update in May, followed by a MARTA board vote on the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), previously scheduled for July 13, have both been postponed until later this summer. MARTA needs additional time to complete accurate ridership modeling and associated coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Once the FTA has approved the updated regional ridership model, MARTA will resume TAC (Technical Advisory Committee), stakeholder, and public engagement meetings and will reschedule the vote on the LPA by the MARTA board
Timeline for an expected recommended alternative
MARTA anticipates recommending one alternative by Summer 2023. After making the recommendation via a virtual public forum, the project team will open a 30-day public comment period. After the comment period, comments will be evaluated before the alternative is presented to MARTA's Board of Directors for a vote. The current goal is Summer 2023 for a Board decision.
Timeline for implementing Clifton Corridor BRT
Under the recent More MARTA re-sequencing effort, Clifton Corridor BRT is expected to begin operations in 2028. This would be for the Minimum Operable Segment in the City of Atlanta, where local funding is available.
A final plan among the proposed options beyond Emory will be selected to be implemented should additional funding be obtained. Figure 1 shows the major remaining options, including a possible bus route through mixed traffic from Emory to the Decatur MARTA station, and a dedicated bus lane from Emory to the Avondale MARTA station. A “North” option on the map would turn left at Starvine and connect up to Clairmont Rd. A “South” option would turn right at Starvine and connect up to N. Decatur Rd at Clairmont.