MARTA now seeks public comment on adding rail to Alpharetta

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MARTA has extended through July a public comment period on bringing rail into Alpharetta, reports WABE.
As Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported in August 2013, MARTA is planning to extend transit service along the Georgia 400 corridor in North Fulton County, with up to six new stations.
WABE notes that this is the planning and public comment process, and that it is just part of the effort to get federal funding. Riding the rails from downtown Atlanta to Alpharetta still could be a decade away, the station adds.
State Senator Brandon Beach, who leads the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said the time to add more rail has come.
“When you look at the 400 corridor, there are 900 technology companies, and that attracts a young, smart employee,” said Beach. “They want to ride their bikes; they want to take a train; they want to take transit; they want alternatives.”
He also says people have changed their opinions about a MARTA expansion.
Beach told WABE, “In 1999, when I was first elected to Alpharetta City Council, if I would have mentioned that I was supportive of transit, I would have probably been run out of office. Today the attitude has completely changed.”

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