Atlanta Regional Commission calls for major transit expansion with ‘long-range’ vision - Curbed

Gwinnett County voters are on the cusp of approving or denying massively consequential legislation that could lead to the introduction (or not) of Atlanta’s MARTA system in the northeastern suburbs.

In March, Gwinnettians will elect to adopt or shoot down the idea of linking the MARTA transit agency with the region’s most populous suburban county.

But that vote isn’t the only effort to grow metro Atlanta’s transit network in a way that could join other OTP communities with the city proper—and bolster transit within the city itself.

On Wednesday, the Atlanta Regional Commission board okayed a “long-range” transit vision that suggests, among other proposals, an expansion of the light rail system that cost the city nearly $100 million to build and has been underutilized since its inception.

The ARC’s vision, called Concept 3, “incorporates their top priority transit projects without considering available funding,” according to a news release.

The updated vision, which was originally created in 2008 and has been developed with the help of local governments, merely provides guidelines for growth that the organization believes would most benefit the region’s transit.

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