MARTA is asking cities to go on record about whether they support extending service north of the Chattahoochee River and beyond the North Springs station.

During a work session on Dec. 3, Sandy Springs City Council sounded ready to support the extension, provided MARTA keeps any new stations and rail lines on the west side of Ga. 400.

“We are totally united it should be on the west side,” Mayor Eva Galambos said during the work session.

MARTA is examining building a line on the east side of Ga. 400 and that’s stirred up residents living in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody neighborhoods that could be affected by the construction. There’s a proposal for a station at Northdridge Road and MARTA is considering adding several other stations north of that.

Some Sandy Springs residents spoke during public comments prior to the Dec. 3 City Council meeting and said they were against work on the east side of Ga. 400.

City Council members said they would support a resolution in favor of the extension on the west side, and suggested adding language that would make it clear that the council means both the new stations and any new rail lines.

Dan Whisenhunt

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