(October 22, 2012) Sale of state’s transit site at Atlantic Station fuels interest in new Georgia Tech study of Northside Drive corridor

Posted on SAPORTAREPORT website on October 22nd, 2012
By David Pendered
Original link: http://saportareport.com/blog/2012/10/sale-of-states-transit-site-at-atlantic-station-fuels-interest-in-new-georgia-tech-study/

Public interest in a fresh Georgia Tech study of the Northside Drive corridor in Midtown is being fueled by the proposed sale of state-owned land at Atlantic Station that was purchased as the site of a major transit station to serve northwest metro Atlanta.

SRTA land

The state now intends to sell this site along Northside Drive, located near Atlantic Station, that once was intended to be developed as a transit hub. Credit: David Pendered

The 6.5-acre site was put on the block by the State Road and Tollway Authority, according to several officials who spoke Monday. Gov. Nathan Deal serves as SRTA’s chair. SRTA bought the site when then-Gov. Roy Barnes envisioned it as a transfer hub for future buses to and from Cobb County, commuter rail service, and possibly an Amtrak station.

Tech’s study of Northside Drive may already have influenced city policy. Moments before preliminary results were presented Monday to a crowded room, Atlanta’s transportation planner, Josh Mello, announced the city has decided to include Northside Drive as a transit corridor in the soon-to-be-concluded update of the comprehensive transportation program, Connect Atlanta.

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