ATLANTA (WAOK)-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined U.S. Congressman John Lewis, The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) officials and other dignitaries, Monday morning, to celebrate the master development agreement for design and construction of a Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT).

Almost a decade later after the first plan was introduced to build a major transit hub in downtown Atlanta, GDOT signed a $12.2 million contract, to develop a new master plan led by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties and The Integral Group, along with Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises.

Congressman John Lewis stated that Monday’s signing marked the importance of “reducing congestion and increasing transportation in metro Atlanta.”

Ready to compete with other states in reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality through the advancement of a number of rail initiatives, GDOT has teamed itself with contractors experienced in large-scale developments that will view cost and conduct an environmental study on the vacant land known as the “Gulch,” an area between Forsyth Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive, to determine if a major transit hub is possible.

The MMPT is projected to be the region’s major passenger terminal with facilities envisioned for new commuter rail and intercity passenger rail services, as well as intercity, regional express and local buses.

The facility will also be designed to accommodate future transportation, including high speed rail, light rail, and streetcar services.

If successful, the transit hub will reroute roads and rail lines, providing a central place for buses that are now spread across the central business district.


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