NEWS BRIEF: Plans for transit lanes along top-end I-285 move ahead

Topside traffic burdens addressed

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The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, AKA the ATL, is putting in motion an agreement with local agencies and jurisdictions with the intent of converting the notorious northern arc of Interstate 285 into a prime example of “next-generation regional transit service,” according to officials. Partners include MARTA, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the city’s largest counties - Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett.

Hyperbolically known as the I-285 Top End Express Lanes Transit Funding and Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding, the pact aims to improve mobility and on-time transit performance along the route, which typically carries almost a quarter million vehicles daily. The project would add two elevated, barrier-separated lanes going both directions from I-75 to I-85 in which buses and vanpools would have free access, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The ATL was created in 2018 by the Georgia General Assembly in order to oversee Georgia’s Xpress regional commuter transit system as well as the Atlanta region’s vanpool scheme.