MARTA Approves $1.16 Billion Clifton Corridor Light Rail Project

MARTA’s board of directors approved Monday a $1.16 billion plan to lay nearly nine miles of light rail between Avondale Estates and Lindbergh Station.

The ambitious plan, which could take an additional eight years of planning and testing before construction begins, could dramatically change transportation in the neighborhoods north of Decatur.

Those areas are already choked with traffic during morning and evening rush hour. One stop on the line would be Suburban Plaza, where a developer wants to build a Super Walmart.

The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Facebook page provides this route for the rail line, which would run through tunnels and elevated sections: From Lindbergh Center Station it would extend southeast along the CSX rail line through the CDC/Emory University area to Clairmont Road at North Decatur Road. The line would extend south to Scott Boulevard, where it would run north, then east along North Decatur Road to DeKalb Industrial Way. There it would extend south then west onto East College Avenue and end at the Avondale Station.

Details from the approved plan include 8.8 miles of light rail double track, including tunnels and elevated sections and 10 platforms at the following stops:

Lindbergh Center (transfer to Red or Gold lines)
Cheshire Bridge
Sage Hill
CDC/Emory Point
North Decatur
Suburban Plaza
DeKalb Medical Center
Avondale Station (transfer to the Blue Line)


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