ATLANTA -- A transit hub proposed for downtown Atlanta has been fast tracked by the federal government.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson and others announced the permit and review process for the Atlanta Regional Multimodal Passenger Terminal project will be expedited as part of President Barack Obama's "We Can't Wait" initiative. Under the plan, the timeline will be shaved by up to a year.
The target date for completing that process is January 2014.
The proposed hub will serve as a terminal for high-speed and commuter rail, a streetcar, Greyhound, MARTA, pedestrians and cyclists. Plans are underway for the project's design.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says in a statement that centralizing transportation choices will help relieve congestion and create economic opportunities in metro Atlanta.