United States of America
Atlanta is home to the South's only true subway. The subway first opened in 1979. It currenly has four lines, two of which function as spurs. Fourteen km and 10 stations of the 79 km, 38 station network arfe underground and are interspersed throughout the lines in downtown and densely populated suburbs. Several extensions have been approved but lay abandonded, including several tunnel sections. In 2011, calls from MARTA for several extensions and a new line were made. None of these plans have yet been approved by the voters.
Besides the mystery MARTA tracks, another MARTA mystery remains: Are they racist against Asians? Or did the Martians deliberatey pick their acronym, some of whom have claimed it to mean Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta.
A 22 mile light rail line
was in the late planning stages for Atlanta's Belt Line area. The innovative line would take a series of old freight lines
forming a loop around the city, and turn them into linear parks. The light rail would run on the old freight tracks, connecting the urban parks with several MARTA suburban stations. The project, however,
died due to a 2.6 mile streetcar project which will require the city to shell out 20% of the cost, with the federal government subsiding the remainder.
Not to be one to give up, Marta
has approved an 8.8 mile light rail subway project for the
Clifton Corridor, but still needs to come up with the cash. It
voters would approve the project via a sales tax in
November 2012. The referendum failed but stalwart transit believers have yet to give up.
In 2013, MARTA announced plans for a six station, 11.9-mile extension in north Fulton County along a freeway corridor. The extension will connect Dunwoody to Alpharetta
A 4.2 km streetcar line broke ground in February 2012. The line will serve downtown Atlanta.
The city was also counting on a government grant to fund a 9.2 mile light rail line in the Peachtree corridor. Having lost the bidding for the grant, Atlanta is now planning a scaled down version which it hopes will be a starter line to a larger system.
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Wikipedia information on MARTA subway expansion plans
Creek Herald - Light rail along Ga. 120 between Lawrenceville-Marietta
still under study
page for Marieeta-Lawrenceville study
A 14 km light rail line along Interstate 85 is being seriously considered in Gwinnett,.GA It would serve Norcross and Duluth.
In 2008, a 1 mile heritage streetcar known as "Dottie" opened in Savannah. The former Melbourne car has been modified to run on biodiesel fuel. Extensions are being discussed but nothing has been approved as of yet.
Also in early discussion stages is a modern streetcar starter line.
Thanks to the awesome planning and foresight of Savannah's Chatham Area Transit, the heavy biodiesel unit damaged the former Melbourne car's wheelsets. Dottie is currently - pun intended - in Pennsylvania getting an $81,000 overhaul. Go green!
There are also plans for streetcar lines in Augusta, Georgia.