ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has announced a major transit project to ease congestion in Fulton County.
At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Deal announced $100 million in General Obligation bonds will be used by the Georgia Department of Transportation to plan and purchase property for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure on the SR 400 Express Lane routes.
The $1.8 billion project will widen a 16-mile stretch of the highway, reduce congestion and accommodate the new BRT interchanges.
“We continue to make investments to ensure that our modes of transit and mobility are worthy of the No. 1 state for business and the best place for opportunity,” said Deal. “This visionary project will enhance the plans for SR 400, one of our state’s most vital corridors for commuters, jobs and freight."
Deal said GDOT is currently in the discovery phase of selected locations for BRT interchanges.
“This substantive state investment into our transit infrastructure will help relieve congestion along the Georgia 400 corridor,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “This project will also aid in recruiting world-class companies like Mercedes-Benz and State Farm that place a priority on access to transit for their employees. In sum, this project has the potential to not only improve quality of life but help create more jobs for our citizens – that’s a win-win.”