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Marta Plan Calls For Light Rail Platform Next To Sam's Crossing Bridge

Stations also would be built at Suburban Plaza and DeKalb Medical.

calls for an elevated train platform to be constructed next to the Sam's Crossing bridge over the CSX Railroad tracks near the Avondale Marta station.

Marta's renderings of stations show an escalator would be built off the platform to deliver riders to a walkway. Riders would use the walkway to reach the exisiting Marta station.

The Avondale station is the end of the 8.8-mile Clifton Corridor light-rail line that begins at the Lindbergh Center. The Avondale light rail platform doesn't extend all the way over the train tracks.

The renderings show the light-rail station at the corner of Church Street and North Decatur Road would be located underground.

The developers of had proposed an underground parking garage at the shopping center just outside the Decatur city limits.

would have a grade-level platform next to North Decatur Road.

Though the Marta board approved the $1.16 billion Clifton Corridor Light Rail plan on Monday afternoon, it's far from a done deal.

Financing must be found and must pass. The sales tax could produce $700 million for the project.

The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Facebook page provides this route for the rail line, which would run through tunnels and elevated sections: From Lindbergh Center Station it would extend southeast along the CSX rail line through the CDC/Emory University area to Clairmont Road at North Decatur Road. The line would extend south to Scott Boulevard, where it would run north, then east along North Decatur Road to DeKalb Industrial Way. There it would extend south then west onto East College Avenue and end at the Avondale Station.

To see renderings of the project, go to http://www.itsmarta.com/clifton-corr-maps.aspx.

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