The last week has been exciting for transit expansion in metro Atlanta.
Yesterday, the Gwinnett County Commission voted to approve a transit plan that includes heavy rail extension into the county. The plan has evolved from including an approximate 4.5 mile extension of heavy rail from Doraville to Jimmy Carter Boulevard to include a second phase for a roughly 7 mile extension to Gwinnett Place Mall. Chairwoman Charlotte Nash has yet to say whether the Commission plans to call for a referendum this year or next.
This Gwinnett vote comes on the heels of the announcement that MARTA is recommending a commuter rail line from East Point to Lovejoy on Norfolk Southern’s line. The MARTA board is expected to vote on the proposal at their August meeting. This line will connect seven town centers and will be a “spine” to bus routes as described by Robbie Ashe.