Bus transit along Ga. 400 is getting a $100 million investment from the state for four interchanges in Fulton County.
Gov. Nathan Deal, state lawmakers and Fulton officials announced the project at noon on Tuesday, June 19, at the state Capitol. The $100 million in state bonds will pay for MARTA and Fulton transit interchanges to couple with express lanes being added to Ga. 400.
Sites for the interchanges — sites where the public can access the transit system leading into and from Atlanta — have yet to be selected, but the Georgia Department of Transportation is now in that process. The sites will be along the express lane project, which runs from McFarland Parkway in the north to Perimeter Center in the south.
Right of way purchases are scheduled to begin in the 2019 fiscal year, which begins in July, and run through 2020. A contractor is expected to be selected in 2020.
Deal said the state is taking “huge steps” to improve infrastructure along Ga. 400, and that “literally every level of government is working” in the process, from federal transportation funding down to city officials along the corridor.
The work also leaves room for additional interchanges to be built along the express lane project in the future.
The new interchanges along the express lane project will be a “giant leap forward for transit” in metro Atlanta, Deal said, and a major attempt to clear congestion along one of the metro area’s busiest roads.
Freight traffic is expected to double on the highway in the next two decades, Deal noted, and about 230,000 cars travel Ga. 400 every day.