MARTA Committee Recommends Bus Rapid Transit, Not Light Rail, Along Campbellton Corridor

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – MARTA is set to expand bus rapid transit, not light rail, in the Campbellton Corridor.

The 6-mile central BRT project passed through MARTA’s Capital Planning and Programs Committee on Wednesday. He is expected to leave before full board on July 14.

Bus rapid transit offers a similar, if not nearly, experience to light rail, but at a lower cost and faster implementation compared to light rail,” said Marcus Arnold, MARTA project manager.

According to MARTA, travel time along this route is 18 minutes using BRT. That’s two minutes slower than light rail projections. However, this is ten minutes faster than the current Route 83 bus travel time.

Community members and local lawmakers have criticized MARTA’s preference for BRT over light rail.

In February, former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted,

“Promises made must be promises kept. i pushed for it [light rail] as a council member and solidified it again as mayor. Removing it now is an insult to SW Atlanta”.

A MARTA official said the amount of investment, $300 million, has not changed during the evaluation system of the transportation system.

The project, paid for through a sales tax referendum, will also cover the cost of sidewalk improvements in the area.

In a nearly 3-year review process, 45% of community members surveyed preferred BRT along this route, while 43% said they preferred light rail.

In terms of expected daily riders, MARTA has forecast 8,800 daily riders using BRT and 9,200 daily riders using light rail.

MARTA expects Campbellton Corridor BRT service to start in 2028.

The city’s first BRT route in the neighborhood is expected to start operating in 2025.

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