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Want to See MARTA's Plans for Light Rail in the Emory, CDC Area?

A planning committee will make a presentation to MARTA's board at 1:30pm on April 9. The presentation will cover proposed plans to connect the Emory/Clifton Corridor with Avondale's MARTA station with a light rail.

Want to See MARTA's Plans for Light Rail in the Emory, CDC Area?

The communities in and around the Clifton Corridor are buzzing with excitement about the latest plan to bring a light rail transportation system through the neighborhood.

Since the public meetings held in 2011, MARTA staff has made some changes to

If you want to see the details in full, you can next week.

MARTA's planning staff is giving a full presentation April 9 at 1:30pm in MARTA's sixth floor board room, 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta.

And if you've got an opinion about the whole thing, they'll be taking public comments at that meeting as well.

The line would include service to Emory University and the , two of the largest employers in Atlanta. Current public transportation options only provide bus service to the area.

Here are some of the details about the $700 million proposal from MARTA's site:

The alternative described below is pending approval from the MARTA Board of Directors

  • 8.8 miles of light rail double track (includes tunnels and elevated sections)
  • 10 light rail station platforms
    • Lindbergh Center (transfer to Red or Gold Lines)
    • Cheshire Bridge
    • Sage Hill
    • CDC/Emory Point
    • Emory-Rollins
    • Emory-Clairmont
    • North Decatur
    • Suburban Plaza
    • DeKalb Medical Center
    • Avondale Station (transfer to Blue Line)
  • 3 additional optional stations for consideration
    • Piedmont (transfer to BeltLine)
    • DeKalb Industrial
    • North Arcadia (old DeVry campus)
  • 2 Maintenance and/or storage facilities

Whether or not the rail line becomes a reality will come down to a vote this summer on a 1-cent sales tax to raise money for the project.

Patch will be at this meeting, and we'll give you all the details afterward.

But, obviously, there's no substitute for attending yourself.

What do you guys think about the proposal? Is it likely to happen? And if it does, will it change things in our community for the better? Tell us in the comments section below.

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