Plans advance for two Atlanta-area rail projects

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ATLANTA — Votes are approaching on a pair of new rail transit projects proposed for the Atlanta area.

MARTA, Atlanta’s transit authority, has selected a commuter rail option to serve neighboring Clayton County, while Gwinnett County is considering a plan that would include extension of MARTA’s heavy-rail system or a similar project.

The MARTA board is expected to vote on the commuter rail plan at its August meeting, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. (The article is behind a paywall.) It is projected to follow a Norfolk Southern rail line to Lovejoy, Ga.,  24 miles south of downtown Atlanta, and would serve Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among other stops.

The Gwinnett project, reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the county Board of Commissioners. The original draft of the Gwinnett transit plan recommended at 4.5-mile extension from the Doraville MARTA station into Gwinnett. The final version suggests an additional 7 miles be built to the area of the Gwinnett Place Mall.

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