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Ga. To Invest in Bus-Rapid Transit Along 400

At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced state investment in a new bus-rapid transit system along Ga. 400.
At a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced state investment in a new bus-rapid transit system along Ga. 400.
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The state of Georgia will spend $100 million in bonds for a new bus rapid transit line along Ga. 400, as part of an effort to expand public transportation in the region.

The bus rapid line will have four bus-only interchanges, or stations, along a 16-mile stretch of Georgia-400 north of I-285. Gov. Nathan Deal said the project is made possible by the new regional transit authority — called the ATL — which lawmakers authorized to create this year.

“This is the first time in state history that Fulton County and MARTA and those of us at the state level are partnering together to improve Georgia’s mass transit system,” Deal said.

Deal says about 230,000 cars use the Ga. 400 corridor daily, and that use is expected to grow.

Deal said more regional transit projects will be announced in the future.