Fulton’s Transit Future Taking Shape

Many of you have no doubt seen a shift in the transit debate over the past few years. As the voting public has developed more favorable views on transit, the traditional partisan argument over whether or not the Atlanta region should pursue transit expansion has largely been replaced with a more substantive conversation over what particular transit modes make the most sense in different areas. Metro Atlanta residents and leaders have come to realize that whether your focus is jobs, or improving access for our aging and transit dependent populations, expansion of our regional network is an absolute necessity. To be sure, there are still some partisan politics in play, but much of that conversation is now centered around examination of current densities and proposed land use in given corridors, and what fiscal constraints particular jurisdictions are dealing with. This is exactly where Fulton County finds itself.

After efforts to expand MARTA up the 400 corridor stalled in 2016, Fulton leaders set out to better define what kind of transit would work best for them. Fulton County and its participating cities (all but Atlanta, which voted to increase their transit spending last November) partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission to complete a comprehensive transit plan.

After completing an initial review of each city’s community and economic development strategies, the planning team undertook an extensive round of public input sessions starting this past June. The teams held a total of 26 public input sessions at various locations all around Fulton County. The input gathered at those sessions has helped to inform these preliminary findings.

The final public input session will be this evening for those interested in attending to provide feedback:

Monday, October 23 at 6:30 PM
Mountain Park Community Building
100 Lakeshore Drive
Roswell, GA 30075

We encourage you to attend the final session, take their survey and check back for updates on the specific recommendations. We will continue to share information, but you can also stay informed by visiting the Fulton County transit master plan page.