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$29 billion Metro Atlanta wish list goes to GDOT

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission Friday submitted a wish list of $29 billion in transportation improvement projects to be funded from about $8 billion to be raised in the metro region by a proposed sales tax.

The Georgia Department of Transportation and a roundtable of local elected officials will pare down the list to highway and transit projects that fit the revenue that would become available if Atlanta-area voters approve a referendum in August of next year levying a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation.

The public will get a chance for input into the process this summer, with the list due to be finalized by mid-October under a timetable established in legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

The wish list contains a variety of transportation improvements scattered across the region, including:

  • Two rail lines connecting Emory University to MARTA's Lindbergh station and linking the Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Improvements at the interchange of Interstates 285 and 20 on the west side of the Perimeter Highway
  • Widening Georgia 20 from Interstate 575 in Cherokee County to Georgia 400 in Forsyth County
  • An Atlanta Beltline connector trail linking the Freedom Parkway and South River trails via Stone Mountain and Lithonia
  • A new air traffic control tower at Cobb County Airport (McCollum Field) and new taxiways at Fulton County Airport 
  • 75 transit projects worth $13.5 billion

The list also envisions improvements to bicycle trails and two local general aviation airports. For the complete list, click here.