Atlanta, Georgia/North Springs (North Line Extension)

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North Springs (North Line Extension)

Atlanta, Georgia

(November 2000)


The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has constructed a 2.3-mile, two-station extension of the North Line from just north of the Dunwoody Station to North Springs. In addition, per the amended Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA), the project also includes the acquisition of a total of 56 rail cars. The extension connects the North Line segment from Buckhead to Dunwoody, which opened in June 1996. The North Line extension will serve the rapidly growing area north of Atlanta, including Perimeter Center and north Fulton County. The total estimated cost for this extension, as reflected in the original FFGA, was $381.3 million and included the purchase of 28 rail vehicles. The project is currently estimated to cost $463.18 million. Daily ridership on the rail extension in the year 2005 is estimated at 33,000 riders, including 11,000 new riders.


In December 1994, MARTA and FTA entered into a FFGA in the amount of $305.01 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds for the extension from Dunwoody through North Springs. TEA-21 Section 3030(a)(3) authorizes the Atlanta North Line Extension for final design and construction. Through FY 2001, a total of $318.92 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds has been provided to the project ($300.55 million in Congressional appropriations and $18.37 million in prior year deobligated funds).

Section 3030(d)(2) of TEA-21 further authorized FTA funding for project scope changes, including the purchase of the 28 additional rapid rail cars from amounts authorized by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. The expanded scope requirements are due to the need to address expected increases in estimated service levels and station parking enhancements as well as rights of way impacts stemming from the proposed widening of the adjacent GA 400 limited access highway. Consistent with this TEA-21 provision, an amendment to the existing FFGA incorporates the scope enhancements and results in a total Federal Section 5309 New Starts commitment to the North Line extension of $370.54 million. The adjusted local share is now $92.64 million. Revenue operations began in December 2000.

Reported in $YOE

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
§5309 New Starts (FFGA Commitment)
$370.54 $318.92 million appropriated through FY 2001
Regional Sales Tax
$92.64 N/A
Total $463.18

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding.

Section 3030 (d) (2) of TEA-21 authorizes FTA funding for project scope changes. These changes are reflected in a scope amendment to the North Line Extension FFGA. The cost of the enhancements is included in the funding totals displayed above.

North Line Extension consisting of 2.3 miles from just north of the Dunwoody Station to North Springs Station.