Update (May 2015) on Proposed Clifton
Corridor MARTA Line
In December 2014, MARTA
entered Phase II of their Environmental
Impact Study (EIS) of the proposed Clifton
Corridor light rail line, which would travel
between the Lindbergh MARTA station,
terminating at the Avondale MARTA station.
This federally required process is
estimated to take 2-3 years to complete. The
segment that would travel through both the
Woodland Hills and Lindridge Martin Manor
neighborhoods would run adjacent to the
commercial freight CSX rail.
To date MARTA has and
will continue to be responsible for public
outreach and engagement. In order to enhance
the quality and effectiveness of our
community’s input, LLCC has again hired
Heather Alhadeff with
to provide technical and advisory
services to the LLCC community during this
year’s process. LLCC has conducted one
meeting and one walk-about thus far.
The first LLCC meeting was hosted in
the Woodland Hills neighborhood during which
Ms. Alhadeff fielded questions from
neighbors and recorded comments and
concerns, which will be formally summarized
and presented to MARTA as the study process
continues. One key next step identified in
that meeting was to help the LLCC community
better understand and visualize the distance
from people’s yards to the CSX rail lines.
On May 2, 2015, LLCC hosted a
walkabout with MARTA staff and consultants.
At this site visit, MARTA officials
staked out various right-of-way (ROW)
scenarios to provide direct visual
understanding of potential property impacts.
MARTA also answered neighbor’s
questions and provided written information
to those in attendance. CSX has indicated to
MARTA that they are not open to any shared
ROW arrangements in this rail corridor.
Both a deep bore tunnel option as
well as an at-grade option are included in
Now, also under consideration, at the
request of LLCC, is a shallow grade tunnel
option that MARTA has agreed to further
At the beginning of the EIS Phase II
process, MARTA held scoping meetings with
the community at the end of 2014. The LLCC
formally provided edits to MARTA’s draft
Scoping Document for inclusion in the
federal study process. Click
HERE to see the document submitted.
To learn more about the
project and to get the most up to date
information please visit the
MARTA’s willingness to engage and work with
us and our consultant during this process.
It has already led to effective discourse
and consideration of project improvements
that would not only help riders interested
in traveling from endpoint to endpoint, but
also those communities and riders that live
and work between project endpoints.