Downtown train terminal contract signed... now we just need some trainsMonday October 31, 2011 01:56 pm EDT
- Joeff Davis
- "the Gulch"
The Georgia Department of Transportation today celebrated the signing of a two-year, $12 million contract with a private development team selected to plan — and eventually build — Atlanta's long-awaited downtown train terminal. Or, as the government folks like to call it, the "multi-modal passenger terminal."
The station will be built in the vast parking lot between Philips Arena and south downtown often referred to as "the Gulch." The area was once home to Atlanta's two train stations — one of which, Terminal Station, should have never been demolished.
Once built, the downtown terminal is expected to serve MARTA, Atlanta's streetcar and local, regional and intercity buses. The station will also be equipped to handle future high-speed and intercity rail service.