ATL board OKs consulting contract for transit on northern arc of I-285

ATL board OKs consulting contract for transit on northern arc of I-285

The board of Atlanta’s regional transit company gave the go-ahead Thursday to a contract with an engineering advisor to design the addition of mass transit to the High Finish of Interstate 285.

CDM Smith of Sandy Springs will incorporate high-capacity bus-rapid transit (BRT) service right into a mission that may add two barrier-separated toll lanes in every course alongside 35 miles of I-285 from its interchange with I-20 west of Atlanta all the way in which round to the I-285/I-20 interchange east of town. The mission is aimed toward offering extra dependable journey instances for all autos, together with BRT buses.

The $6.7 million planning and design contract – to not exceed $7.5 million – was put collectively by a consortium together with Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, eight cities alongside the route, the Atlanta-Area Transit Hyperlink Authority (ATL), the Georgia Division of Transportation, and MARTA.

“This can be a very important effort and a very regional method,” Cain Williamson, the ATL’s chief planning officer, informed ATL board members earlier than Thursday’s vote.

“It’s a historic demonstration of partnership within the area,” added Georgia Commissioner of Transportation Russell McMurry. “It’s a holistic have a look at transportation.”

The contract with CDM Smith, which the MARTA board already has authorised, will run for 2 years with two one-year extension choices.

The scope of the advisor’s work will embody exploring location choices for BRT stations, conceptual station designs and station space planning, environmental influence, value estimates, and an evaluation of potential funding sources.

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