The Faces of 400Posted Nov 13, 2013 by Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director
Over its 20-year history, the story of GA 400 has extended well beyond the pavement of a road. With the opening of the toll road extension in 1993 also came the opening of access for thousands of commuters, which in turn gave rise to incredible business location, expansion and relocation, and paved the way for the growth of cities and communities where hundreds of thousands of metro Atlantans live, work and play.
In addition, SRTA has funded 14 transportation projects in the GA 400 corridor representing $60 million in infrastructure improvements to include the I-85/GA 400 interchange connector ramps as well as expanded HERO trucks and Xpress transit service.
The GA 400 extension has, in short, been a road that shaped the region.
Included among its successes:
North Fulton Atlanta has attracted 16 regional offices of Fortune 500 companies, providing extensive employment opportunities;
Forbes now ranks north Atlanta as the 22nd "Best Place for Business & Careers"
The population of north Fulton County has increased by almost 30 percent since 2000; and
The direct access to Buckhead provided by GA 400 doubles the daytime, weekday population – from 70,000 to 140,000 people who work and shop in the booming area.
For the past 20 years, GA 400 has meant many things to many different people. To the many “faces” behind its story, it has been a career-defining accomplishment, a major transportation milestone, a catalyst for continued economic development, a gateway to new greenspace, and even a home away from home. To commemorate the history, relationships and legacy of GA 400, we’d like to share a few of those countless stories with you. We invite you to watch and read about the Faces of 400.