Atlanta (DeKalb County Project)

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DeKalb County Light Rail Study

Atlanta, Georgia

(November 1996)

Description

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is studying the feasibility of constructing a light rail or similar fixed guideway transit line in the central and south DeKalb County area of Atlanta, Georgia.

Status

Through FY 1997, Congress has appropriated $656,388 to study the feasibility of constructing a light rail or similar fixed guideway in the central and south DeKalb area of metropolitan Atlanta. The corridor to be studied extends from the MARTA Lindbergh Center transit station on the North heavy rail line east along an existing railroad line to Emory University, then south through the Decatur/East Lake communities to connect with the MARTA East heavy rail line. The corridor then follows a southeasterly course along Candler Road crossing the I-285 perimeter highway to the DeKalb College south campus. The anticipated completion date for the study is September 1997.

Funding

No funds are being requested for this project in FY 1998 pending the completion of the feasibility study. It is anticipated that funds will be requested from FY 1999 appropriations for design, engineering, and right-of-way acquisition for this project.