Studies have been conducted and meetings have been held, and now the group is looking for community input on a few plans they have drafted for the area.
“We’re really hoping to assess an array of transit options and build off of other analysis done in the past,” said Jason Morgan, MARTA project manager.
Connect 400 started in December 2011 and the goal was to have an option or alternative identified for the Ga. 400 area l8 months from the start date. Morgan said they are planning to make a recommendation to the MARTA board this summer.
Currently, the study area has more jobs than people and that gap is expected to expand, so the Connect 400 team is trying to get ahead of the curve by planning for that expansion and resulting travel issues.
The Connect 400 team has worked with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and staff members from cities along the corridor to identify possible transit options and obstacles.
After two public meetings and other outreach efforts the public identified a “universe” of alternatives that include multiple technologies and alignments through the area.
The Connect 400 team took those alternatives and screened them for any fatal flaws. In the end, six options made it through the screening process. These six options include various combinations of bus rapid transit, light rail and heavy rail. All alternatives also assume a substantial east-west connector feeder system. The project team has conducted an electronic survey and is still looking for community input for the project.
“We’re hoping that the survey has piqued a lot of interest,” Morgan said.
There will be a follow up community meeting in early March to present the survey findings and gather any more ideas for the corridor.
More information on the specific proposed alternatives can be found at www.itsmarta.com/north-line-400-corr.aspx through newsletters, presentations and other documents. Morgan said they have also gotten a lot of feedback on the Connect 400 Facebook page.