The MMPT will help build a foundation for Georgia’s transportation future while taking a page directly from its past.
Before Atlanta was even called Atlanta, the area served as a transportation hub built around rail service. In the 1830s, Georgia legislators sought to link coastal and western territories with northern cities such as Nashville, Louisville and Cincinnati. Proposals were brought forth and charters established to create a series of rail lines, including a line that would link the Chattahoochee River to the Tennessee River and connect to private branch lines.
Transportation Leaders Laud Beginning of MMPT
U.S. Respresentative John Lewis speaks at the MMPT commemoration ceremony
On October 31, 2011, U.S. Representative John Lewis and Mayor Kasim Reed joined the State Transportation Board (STB), other officials and private-sector partners in commemorating the signing of an agreement for the initial development of a Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT) and commercial center in downtown Atlanta.
To be located in the long under-utilized “Gulch” area near Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome and World Congress Center, the MMPT will be developed for the Georgia Department of Transportation by Forest City/Cousins/Integral, a consortium of private firms.
Congressman John Lewis, a long-time supporter of the MMPT concept, said “it is a great day for Atlanta and the whole region. We have reached an important milestone in this development, and I look forward to returning in a few years for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the MMPT.”
“The Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal will help transform how we move around our city and region,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The MMPT will serve as the focal point for many existing and future transit networks. It is an important part of the overall effort to improve and expand public transportation in metropolitan Atlanta, and it will help our region maintain its competitive edge."
State Transportation Board member Dana Lemon and Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden are joined by U.S. Respresentative John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed and other state and local officials at the MMPT commemoration ceremony
“This is a moment I’ve worked towards since I joined the Transportation Board in 2003,” STB Intermodal Committee Chairperson Dana Lemon commented. “The MMPT underscores the Board’s commitment to practical transit solutions for Atlanta. This is our beginning and it will resonate and bear fruit throughout the Metro area for years to come.”
"We are very proud to be part of the team selected to develop this large transportation and commercial center in downtown Atlanta," said Emerick J. Corsi, Jr., president of Real Estate Asset Services for Forest City Enterprises. "Our development team, which includes Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, Inc., and The Integral Group, looks forward to working in a very effective public-private partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and other stakeholders."