The projects comprise 973 miles of transit expansion and 1,126 miles of transit enhancement in the 13-county region. ATL officials said in a media statement that projects in the draft ARTP would move the needle on citizens having closer access to jobs and regional transit options.
The plan includes big projects like light rail on the Atlanta BeltLine, streetcar expansion, the Clifton Corridor project to rain rain from the Lindbergh MARTA station to the Emory University campus, and bus rapid transit projects.
Other key information released in the report includes:
- An increase to 35 percent (or 420,000 in new jobs) where currently approximately 17 percent of existing jobs in the 13-county ATL jurisdiction are within ½ mile of a high-capacity stop or station (light/heavy rail and bus rapid transit)
- An increase to 59 percent (representing over 100,000 new jobs) from the current 55 percent of existing jobs in the 13-county ATL jurisdiction within ½ mile of low-capacity transit (bus) stops
- An increase of 19 percent of low wage jobs within walking distance to high capacity transit stations (light/heavy rail and bus rapid transit)
- A 409 percent (394,000 households) increase for low income, minority, or zero-car households with walking access to high capacity transit (light/heavy rail and bus rapid transit)
- A 9 percent increase for low income, minority, or zero-car households with walking access to low capacity transit (bus)
“Close proximity to transit and transit-oriented development within communities can increase property values and intensify redevelopment,” stated Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director. “This has been directly demonstrated in communities around Midtown Atlanta and the Perimeter employment centers which benefit from proximity to rail.”
The next meeting of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Board of Directors is scheduled for Dec. 13.