PTC OKs part of county transportation plan, opposes F’ville bypasses

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Instead of endorsing the full Fayette County Transportation Plan, the Peachtree City Council instead chose Thursday night to approve solely of the myriad of city projects contained in the plan.

And while the county transportation plan specifically says no transit projects are recommended for Fayette County, council’s resolution of approval also rebukes a 2007 unfunded plan for metro Atlanta that could bring bus and rail transit service to the city.

Council previously decided not to approve the entire plan for the entire county, reasoning that there are several projects in the county’s portion of the plan that it objected to. Among those are the second and third phases of the West Fayetteville Bypass and also work on a proposed East Fayetteville Bypass.

Council’s rebuke of transit options specifically referenced Concept 3, an unfunded transit plan created in 2007 for metro Atlanta. Concept 3 includes bus service coming through Peachtree City and a potential rail station on a line that would lead from Senoia through Union City into metro Atlanta.

The county transportation plan also does not recommend implementation of any transit projects in Fayette County.

The county transportation plan is a guiding document for the future and does not lock the county into funding any particular element, according to Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon.