North Fulton residents voice support for MARTA expansion
Last night North Fulton residents convened at Alpharetta city hall to discover and discuss a suggested MARTA extension in the North Springs station to Windward Parkway. Miscommunication concerning the start time needed MARTA’s Janide Sidifall to provide two back-to-back presentations, by which she emphasized the project is at the “early scoping” phase-the initial step inside a six-to-twelve-year process-and absolutely nothing is absolute, including federal funding. But to date MARTA has identified a frequent alignment along GA-400 (it normally won’t know are you going to from it) and three possible modes of transit: heavy rail, light rail, or bus rapid transit. The company has additionally identified six possible station locations but cautioned that further feedback and analysis could move things around.
The bigger reason for the meeting ended up being to hear input in the community. After Sidifall’s second presentation, twelve or even more hands increased, each an issue or comment about project specifics. What can the stations seem like? Why no station at Old Milton Parkway? Would Forsyth County residents obtain a free ride? (Alpharetta is situated in Fulton, in which the cent MARTA florida sales tax is within effect.) Attendees may also leave feedback on comment cards. But all who spoke appeared in support of the work.
Though one South Forsyth resident voiced his support for bus rapid transit from concern over funding, the obvious favorite mode among attendees from the second presentation was heavy rail. “I appreciate heavy rail because it’s easier and faster,” stated Judy Lyon of Alpharetta.
The GA-400 project may be the least studied among three suggested MARTA expansions. Others are across the Clifton Corridor and along I-20. MARTA Chief executive officer Keith Parker told the Saporta Report that it’s not really a particular favorite.
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