Streetcar East Extension Project Update

 

Residents got a peek at what transit on the Atlanta BeltLine will look like on September 12 and 13 as MARTA hosted one in-person and one virtual public meeting to provide updates on the Streetcar East Extension project.

Transit is at the core of the Atlanta BeltLine vision and serves as the foundation for an equitable transportation project.

The Streetcar East Extension project is the first expansion of Atlanta’s existing downtown Streetcar, which opened in late 2014. This project runs along Edgewood Avenue to the Atlanta BeltLine at Irwin Street and up the Eastside Trail corridor to Ponce de Leon Avenue. Benefits of the current alignment include increased last-mile connectivity, convenient and comfortable service, one-seat transit rides between Eastside BeltLine corridor and downtown, and connections to existing MARTA service.

Since 2018, MARTA has been leading the Streetcar East Extension project in coordination with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the City of Atlanta. In 2019, they began the preliminary engineering phase of the project, and in 2021, they hosted a public meeting to share initial designs with the community and garner input and feedback.

During the September 2022 meetings, MARTA provided the latest updates on the project. The presentation included initial design and renderings followed by Q&A with the audience.

MARTA has created a dedicated website which features the proposed alignment, stop locations, plan views, and typical cross sections as well as links to the virtual public meetings.  The website also includes an opportunity for the public to leave comments or ask questions.

To check out the proposed designs or provide input, visit: streetcareast.com.

 

4 thoughts on this article. Join the discussion below

  1. This is super exciting! This is going to add value to my property, but more importantly, it will be great to have more of the city connected.

  2. Great for connecting the city, reducing the need for cars and increasing safety for pedestrians. Not everyone can afford a car, so being able to get around on this streetcar is going to be amazing!

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