|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Alisa T. Jackson |
|June 20, 2016
MARTA Projects Approved for Atlanta Ballot Referendum
The Atlanta City Council today voted unanimously to include a menu of significant MARTA transit improvement projects on a Nov. 8th ballot referendum. If approved by Atlanta voters in the fall, some of the MARTA projects would be funded by a half-penny sales tax levy that would raise an estimated $2.5 billion over the next 40 years.
Following the 14-0 vote, Robert L. Ashe III, chairman of the MARTA Board of Directors, thanked Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Ceasar Mitchell, president of the Atlanta City Council and Yolanda Adrean, chair of the council’s Transportation Committee, and her colleagues, for their leadership and support.
“We have always been very grateful to have elected officials who believe in what we do at MARTA and possess the foresight and vision to understand the vital role transit plays in contributing to the economic success and quality of life in our city, and our region,” Ashe said.
Earlier this year, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 369, a measure that enables voters in the City of Atlanta to vote on a half-penny sales tax levy for MARTA bus and rail expansion projects as well as other service enhancements. Since then, MARTA officials have collaborated closely with the mayor’s office and the city council to draft a prospective menu of transit projects that will benefit Atlanta residents.
“This represents a major step forward for MARTA and for the people we serve,” said Keith T. Parker, MARTA’s GM/CEO. “Atlanta residents will soon have the opportunity to vote on projects that have the potential to transform their city in the years ahead.”
Among the projects that could be built if the referendum passes is a light-rail line that would connect areas of southwest Atlanta, a transit station at Greenbriar Mall, on-demand circulators that operate in neighborhoods, infill stations, additional fixed-bus routes and other enhancements and expansion initiatives that would link to the Atlanta BeltLine as well as MARTA’s existing bus-and-rail network.
MARTA is the ninth largest public transportation system in the United States providing more than 430,000 weekday passenger trips. MARTA’s funding is sourced primarily from a one percent sales tax in Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton Counties and the City of Atlanta.