Atlanta Business Chronicle | MARTA lands grant for bus-rapid transit project

MARTA has received a $12.6 million federal grant to help fund a planned bus-rapid transit (BRT) project connecting the Summerhill area of Atlanta with Midtown.

The 9.4-mile BRT route will connect a neighborhood anchored by Georgia State University to MARTA’s heavy rail system and the Atlanta Streetcar network.

The federal money will come through the National Infrastructure Investments Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants program.

“Passengers, drivers and so many others will benefit from this grant, which will address mobility, access and safety challenges in some of our vital Atlanta transportation corridors,” said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who supported the grant. “The project, once completed, will offer much better links between neighborhoods, office buildings, higher education institutions and medical facilities that area residents rely on daily."

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., credited MARTA with playing an important role in moving people around following the collapse of the Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont Road last March. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao attended the dedication of the new bridge there last June.

It’s great to see the federal government not only recognizes the value of MARTA but also is willing to invest further in this infrastructure asset," Perdue said. "I applaud President Trump and Secretary Chao for making this project a priority.”

The project also will include the purchase of five new BRT vehicles that will operate in a mix of exclusive and shared roadways and the installation of some 30 transit station locations.

By Dave Williams, Staff Writer - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Photo courtesy of  UW-Wilwaukee 

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