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Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative

Presentation to Medlock Area Neighborhood AssociationJune 11, 2018

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agenda

Background – Where we startedCurrent – Where we are nowNext steps – Where we’re goingNeighborhood – Project ContextDiscussion

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Alternatives analysis

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Corridors

Transit Types

BRT

Light Rail

Heavy Rail

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Potential Alternatives

: Corridor Combinations

+ Transit Type

Lindbergh Center to Avondale Route

Light Rail Transit

Adopted by MARTA Board in 2012

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Selected Alternative

:

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additional alternatives

Additional/Subsequent Alternatives:

Improved Project Design

Improved Reliability and Frequency of Service Plan

Improved Station Access to Jobs and Activity Centers

Addressed Community and Agency Concerns

Reduced Community Impacts

Improved Traffic Flow

Improved Cost Competitiveness for Federal Funding

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Evolution of alternatives

End of AA Process: 1 Alternative

Refinement

Public Vetting

EIS Alternatives:

Best Two Based

on Evaluation

Preferred

Alternative

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Other Alternatives:

New Options to Improve Project

New Alternatives

To Address Agency &

Public Feedback

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Project Alternatives & improvements

Environmental Review and Documentation

(Federally Required NEPA Process)

Transportation:

-Transit Operations

-Impacts on

Transportation Network

Community Impacts

:

-Property Impacts

-Historic Resources

-Noise/Vibration

-Parks

-Community Facilities

-Land Use

Natural Resources:

-Water Resources

-Natural Habitats And Species -Energy And Air Quality

-HAZMAT Sites

Other

:

-Cumulative Impacts

-Construction Impacts -Mitigation

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Considerations for the Preferred Alternative

Cost Feasibility:

Project capital costs must be feasible and cost-effective in order to be competitive for federal funding

Accessibility & Reliability:

The project must have convenient, accessible stations as well as reliable and frequent travel times.

Project Impacts:

Impacts are unavoidable in this urbanized corridor. There are tradeoffs between project costs and impacts, as well as tradeoffs between types of impacts (e.g. traffic vs. property)

Support:

The project must achieve support of the community, stakeholders and public agencies in order to succeed.

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Regional transit Context

Light Rail from Lindbergh Center station to Avondale station.Links Red/Gold line to Blue LineHigh capacity transit to a major regional job center

CDC/Emory area

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Preferred (primarily at-grade) light rail alternative

Total Length: 8.3 Miles

10 New Stations, plus…

New light rail platforms within Lindbergh Center and Avondale stations

End to end travel time: 26.5 minutes

Frequency: Every 7.5 minutes during AM and PM rush (peak periods)

Three tunnel sections

Walk-up station platforms provide convenient user access

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Current project status

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More Marta Atlanta

Program: City of Atlanta Sales Tax Funding Transit Improvements

MARTA Board to adopt recommended project list in Fall 2018

Expansion project remains Lindbergh Center to Avondale

City of Atlanta will be able to fund a potential first phase within City of Atlanta

Proposed funding for Clifton light rail:

$500 MM for Local Funding Share

Anticipated 50% Federal Share

Any extension beyond City of Atlanta dependent on other local funding sources

Clifton Corridor

Light Rail

ATLANTA

DEKALB

COUNTY

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Phase 1 – potential schedule

Next Steps:Public and stakeholder outreach: determine best alternative and phasingComplete environmental documentation and publish EISBegin project development for federal fundingEngineering

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LINDBERGH CENTER TO CLIFTON ROAD

Light rail at-grade (ground level) adjacent to existing rail corridors from Lindbergh Center Station to Lenox Road areaTunnel section from west of Lenox Road to west of Briarcliff RoadBack to grade west of Briarcliff Road to Clifton Road at CDC ParkwayStations at Cheshire Bridge Road and Briarcliff Road

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CLIFTON ROAD TO North decatur Road

Stations serving CDC, Emory-Rollins, and Emory University and HospitalTunnel under Clifton Road from CDC Parkway to Gatewood RoadThen light rail in median lanes on Clifton Road and Haygood Drive to North Decatur Road

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North Decatur Road

Light rail operates in exclusive median lanes on North Decatur Road from Haygood Drive to DeKalb Industrial WayNorth Decatur will have to be widened to provide adequate right of wayStations at Clairmont Road, Suburban Plaza, and DeKalb Medical CenterTunnel under Scott Boulevard/ Medlock Road intersection through Church Street – no rail through these intersections

Short aerial section over creek and low lying areas east of

Clairmont

Road

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Dekalb industrial way to avondale

stationLight rail operates in center of DeKalb Industrial Way between N. Decatur Road and E. Ponce de Leon Ave.DeKalb Industrial Way widened for light railStations south of Irvin Way and north of Ponce de Leon (DeKalb Farmers’ Market )Light rail crosses E. Ponce then parallel to street but south of bike trail

Tracks continue into Avondale station

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Medlock area Neighborhood context map

Tunnel Section

SUBURBAN PLAZA STATION

(BELOW-GRADE)

Aerial Section

N. DECATUR/

CLAIRMONT

STATION

Scott Boulevard

Medlock Road

Clairmont

Road

Church Street

N. Decatur Road

Superior Avenue

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Medlock Area considerations

Previous Alternatives:Light Rail on Scott BoulevardLight Rail on North Decatur Road: in shared lanes or lane reduction for exclusive lanes Current/Preferred Alternative: North Decatur Road in median, dedicated lanes

Aerial section over low area: crossing Superior Ave and creek

Tunnel beneath N. Decatur Road under Scott Blvd. and Church St.

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Medlock Area considerations

Suburban Plaza StationBelow-grade under N. Decatur/Scott/Medlock intersection – two or more access points to provide more convenient access and reduce intersection crossing for pedestriansEstimated travel times: 10.5 minutes to Emory-Rollins; 9 minutes to Avondale station;

17 minutes to Lindbergh Center

Potential access points

N.DECATUR

SCOTT

MEDLOCK

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How you can get involved

Opportunity

Detail

Clifton Corridor Website

https://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-corridor-overview.aspx

Project information, factsheets, newsletters, and event announcements

Additional Neighborhood Meetings

We will be back to further discuss the project with each neighborhood group, including workshops to discuss potential project impacts and solutions in each area.

Project Webinar

July – date to be determined

Email

the Project Team

clifton@itsmarta.com

Email

announcements

- If you signed in today, you will be added to the list. If not, email

clifton@itsmarta.com

and request addition.

Public Events

Look for

Clifton Corridor booths at upcoming festivals.

Next Event:

Jazz on the Lawn – Friday, June 29, 2018

Callenwode

Fine Arts Center Public Comment Period & Public Hearing

For 45 days after publication after DEIS publication,

including a formal public hearing. Comments received will be incorporated into a Final EIS (FEIS)

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Questions?

Project Contact: Bryan Hobbs, MARTA Project Managerjhobbs@itsmarta.com


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