New metro Atlanta transit plan takes shape

A new government agency is poised to adopt a metro Atlanta transit plan that advocates say could transform commuting in a region long addicted to automobiles.

The plan — up for approval next month — is packed with $27.4 billion worth of new transit lines and other expenses sought by local governments. They range from the $1.9 billion Clifton Corridor rail line in Atlanta to a modest $45,000 request for staff vehicles for Douglas County’s fledgling transit service.

For now, it’s more of a wish list than a detailed construction timetable. Most of the 192 projects aren’t paid for, and inclusion in the plan is no guarantee a project will be built.