Light rail leads $2.7 billion in expansion projects unanimously approved by Atlanta’s MARTA board of directors.
A half-penny tax increase approved by voters in 2016 will fund the improvements.
The plan for 17 projects, under development for two years, includes 22 miles of light rail, including a late addition of $200 million for the BeltLine light rail. It also includes 14 miles of bus-related expansion, new transit centers and upgrades to existing rail stations.
There was mixed reaction following the vote on the controversial plan, which left out some projects such as a rail line to the Westside.
Jeffrey Parker, MARTA general manager and chief executive, said he expects to present the expansion’s priority list to the board in about two months.