If you're tired of sitting in traffic along Ga. 400, you may get a better commute option in the near future -- MARTA expansion from the North Springs MARTA station to Alpharetta. MARTA just announced a public meeting that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Alpharetta City Hall to discuss possible expansion options, including light rail, heavy rail and bus rapid transit. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. MARTA staff will be available to provide information and answer questions during this initial planning phase. Federal funding is being sought for the expansion project; MARTA has never received any operational funding from the state of Georgia.
For commuters coming from MARTA, board bus 140 or 185 at the North Springs MARTA station to get to the Alpharetta City Hall. Those unable to attend the meeting can submit written comments to Ms. Janide Sidifall, Office of Transit Systems Planning, MARTA, 2424 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-330, by Oct. 28th, 2013.
Local MARTA buses currently serve Roswell and Alpharetta, connecting with the North Springs MARTA station, which is classified as a collector station according to MARTA's planning department. The station currently is used primarily as a park and ride option for commuters. GRTA Xpress regional bus 400 also provides service from Cumming to downtown Atlanta via Ga. 400.