Norcross News - May 2018

Norcross News Covering No cross, Peachtree Corners & Duluth • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 5 • MAY 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Gwinnett Explores Some Heavy Rail with Bus Rapid Transit County transit plan leans toward limited heavy rail for Gwinnett to connect with DeKalb. ( Gwinnett’s comprehensive transit development plan, evolving over the last couple of years, has included a rec- ommendation. It’s that heavy rail be extended from the Doraville MARTA Station, but not very far into Gwinnett, just to a “multi-modal hub” in the area of Jimmy Carter Blvd. and I-85. That shift surfaced in mid-April from a plan relying mainly on Bus Rapid Transit, which is still a major compo- nent of the overall plan. Bus Rapid Transit, sometimes likened to “light rail on rubber wheels,” has elements that make for efficient travel compared to traditional bus service. Some features are lim- ited stops, dedicated lanes and high-tech controls to override traffic signals, measures to move with dispatch. The Gwinnett DOT vision is a Bus Rapid Transit line running through the Satellite Boulevard corridor north of I-85. Eventually it would connect with a “multimodal hub” in West Gwinnett with heavy rail in place. Heavy rail to Doraville according to Gwinnett officials is expensive, estimated at $250 million per mile. About 4-5 miles at that cost would be needed to connect Norcross and Doraville. “While the future of heavy rail in Gwinnett may be limited, a link to existing heavy rail that provides a travel method to the other side of I-285 without being in the traffic on the roadways would be useful to riders of the system,” said Gwinnett Commission Chair Charlotte Nash. Continued on page 3 Envisioning a Greenway Connected Gwinnett Creative concept to have major destinations along a vast trail system in a large area in the county. (Rendering from Sugarloaf CID). The ATL area in in the Piedmont in a sense began with a network of Indian trails connecting the extensive environs from the Chattahoochee to Stone Mountain. Now in the New Millennium an innovative pathway approach is gaining a vision. This past winter the Sugar- loaf Community Improvement District (CID) received a $100,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for a “scoping study” of a bold proposal. Called the Loop Trail, it would be an ambitious greenway sys- tem linking areas surrounding Gwinnett Place to the Infinite Energy Center. Continued on page 8