More than $400 million in transportation projects unveiled for Atlanta region

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Updated Dec 21, 2017
Road work on Interstate 75 heading into Atlanta.Road work on Interstate 75 heading into Atlanta.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Commission has unveiled its latest Transportation Improvement Program, which combines freeway widening, public transit and pedestrian and bike lanes.

Combining state, local and federal funds, the TIP tops $400 million and includes 92 projects through 2023.

“There’s no single solution to metro Atlanta’s traffic issues,” the commission says. “That’s why the TIP includes a range of projects and service enhancements – expanded transit service, increased capacity on key thoroughfares, and improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.”

 

Adding express lanes

The TIP includes preliminary engineering work for:

  • I-285 West Xpress Lanes (I-20W to I-75N)
  • I-285 East Xpress Lanes (I-20E to I-85N)
  • Interchange improvements at I-285 and I-20E
  • Interchange improvements at I-285 and I-20W

Expanded bus service

It also calls for expanded bus service in the metro Atlanta area:

  • Gwinnett County Transit – Extends weekday service on local bus routes past midnight and reduces wait times to 30 minutes or less most of the day
  • CobbLINC – Establishes Sunday service and enhances Saturday service
  • Douglas County – Launches public transit bus service
  • SRTA/GRTA – Xpress service expansion in coordination with the opening of the I-75/I-575 Xpress Lanes in Cobb and Cherokee; park & ride lot expansions in Rockdale County and at Sugarloaf in Gwinnett County
  • MARTA – Arterial rapid transit routes established in city of Atlanta (Cascade Road, Cleveland Avenue, Campbellton Road, Metropolitan Parkway and Peachtree Road)

 

Walking, biking

The TIP includes the following walking and bike trails:

  • Atlanta BeltLine – Preliminary engineering to complete design on two segments: Lindbergh Center to 10Th Street/Monroe Drive, and Glenwood Avenue to University Avenue
  • Path 400 – Trail extension from Wieuca Road to Loridans Drive
  • Lee Street Trail – West End MARTA station to Ft. McPherson MARTA station
  • Peachtree Creek Greenway Trail – North Druid Hills to Atlanta city limits
  • Bob Callan/Rottenwood Creek Trails – Cobb County