Atlanta Viewpoint: MARTA 2040? Planner shares dream vision, opinion as crucial ARC deadline looms

This proposal presents the kind of critical, equitable and transformative transit investments that MARTA should make to continue thriving over the next 20 years. Some are long-proposed expansions, both to the heavy rail network and new light rail lines. Others are significant new routes that will provide crucial connections to major growth areas—many long underserved—and will be necessary to accommodate the anticipated doubling of the city’s population over the next 25 years, with significant growth throughout the surrounding suburbs as well.

Although rail expansion is contentious for its high cost, there is simply no substitute for the efficiency and capacity that fully separated rail offers. Atlanta residents inherently understand this, due to our traffic, and the issues with transit that shares vehicle lanes, and overwhelmingly requested the city “expand rail transit” as the primary objective in Atlanta’s Transportation Plan.