Campus News

September 19, 2011

Take Note

Call for Clifton transit support accelerates

The Emory community is urged to "rally for the rail," a call to contact officials and to attend a forum to ensure a proposed transit project stays on the list to get funded.

The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI) is a proposed new transit line linking the Clifton Corridor to the Lindbergh MARTA station. The CCTI includes a new link from Armour Yard, connecting to MARTA's red and gold lines, to provide access to Doraville, North Springs and the airport.

"As the deadline fast approaches for the final vote on the transportation project list, it is critically important to continue to contact the [Atlanta Regional Commission] Regional Roundtable officials to ensure the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative remains on the final list of transportation projects at the recommended $700 million level," says Betty Willis, senior associate vice president for governmental and community affairs at Emory.

The final list will be voted on Oct. 13. Those that are approved will then become the projects to receive funding if the Transportation Investment Act passes next year in a statewide vote.

Regional transportation referendum forum is Sept. 28

DeKalb County will hold a forum on Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., in the Manual Maloof Auditorium in Decatur at 1300 Commerce Drive.

"Our elected officials in DeKalb need to hear from you and know there is strong support for the Clifton transit project, as there still could be revisions made to the list," Willis says, "and community input at this juncture is vital."

"We strongly urge you to participate in the forum on Sept. 28, either in person or online, and to take the brief survey found on the website, which also provides additional information on the forums, as well as the names and emails of Roundtable members," she says.

In communicating with officials, Willis notes the main point that needs to be made is that "you live and/or work in the Clifton Corridor and it is critically important to have a transit option to single occupancy vehicles that will provide regional connectivity and reduce major congestion in the Clifton Corridor."

Besides the Clifton Corridor transit project, Willis points out two other projects on the list of importance to Emory: A replacement bridge on Clifton Road with a realignment of Haygood Road and bike and pedestrian improvements from Decatur to Clifton.

For additional information, contact Willis at 404.727.5312 or

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