Last week, an economic development agency in North Fulton County announced plans were being put in place to help make bus-rapid transit service to cities such as Roswell, Milton, and Alpharetta a reality.
This week, MARTA provides glimpses of exactly what that could look like.
MARTA officials have released a bevy of project renderings to Urbanize Atlanta that show potential plans for a BRT station at a key Ga. Highway 400 crossroads, Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.
The Roswell station could be the southernmost stop on MARTA’s proposed 13-mile BRT route along Ga. Highway 400—and the first stop north of the transit agency’s current North Springs station, where MARTA rail ends.
The renderings, as seen in the gallery above, illustrate how dedicated BRT lanes would be implemented in the middle of the highway should the estimated $360-million project come to fruition.
Also detailed are plans for a park-and-ride lot beside the highway, connectivity to the station from Holcomb Bridge Road, platform designs, and bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
The North Fulton Community Improvement District announced a partnership with MARTA last week to conduct a study, led by engineering firm Kimley-Horn, as a means of expanding BRT into Alpharetta and Roswell. Another goal is to determine exactly where stations should be placed, and how they would function, along Ga. Highway 400.
That study is expected to cost $220,000, which the NFCID and MARTA are splitting. The source for full BRT construction funding is currently being sought by MARTA.
With the MARTA partnership officially in place, North Fulton officials hope to soon create a plan that details all station design concepts, options for transit-oriented development near stations, and ideas for first and last-mile connectivity between stations, people’s homes, and popular destinations. The BRT expansion would be installed during the Georgia Department of Transportation’s new express lane construction on the highway in coming years.
MARTA officials have proposed building four stations along the BRT route in Roswell and Alpharetta. Those would be at Holcomb Bridge Road, near North Point Mall (and concert mecca Ameris Bank Amphitheatre), at Old Milton Parkway, and at Windward Parkway.
The BRT system would echo similar efforts in Atlanta and the metro’s southside. MARTA is moving forward with BRT transportation along the Clifton Corridor near Emory University, on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta, and in Clayton County. The first line predicted to go under construction, however, is a five-mile, 14-stop BRT loop linking downtown to Summerhill and other neighborhoods, which MARTA now expects to break ground in May, with service beginning in 2025.
See how similar transportation modes could be implemented in North Fulton in the gallery above.
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