Two sales tax referenda – one for MARTA and one for transportation infrastructure projects (TSPLOST) - have the potential to inject $2.5 billion for 40 years into MARTA and about $325 to $162 million into general transportation projects.
Funds, if approved, could be spent on BeltLine trails, city projects, or a healthy mix of BeltLine and city projects!
There are some really exciting projects on the proposed list - including protected bike lanes that would make travel safer for residents on streets like Hank Aaron Dr, Parkway Dr, Cleveland Ave, Campbellton Rd; trails including a Midtown to PATH 400 connection, and dozens of neighborhood greenway projects.
One project NOT on the draft list that we want to add is protected bike lanes on Peachtree Street, to connect existing buffered bike lanes from Downtown through Midtown.
We also think this would be a great opportunity to finally get some city funding for bike share stations in neighborhoods that might not get them through private funding.
The City of Atlanta has until June 30, 2016, to approve either or both of the referenda. If moved forward, the MARTA sales tax would be put before voters on November 8, 2016; the transportation sales tax would be put before voters either this year or in 2017.
But we can't build it all! Help weigh in to guide the formation of both the transit and the transportation investment lists at a series of public meetings from May 25, 2016, through June 2, 2016.
Can't make these meetings, but want your voice to be heard? Contact your city council member using our handy dandy city council locator below and tell your council member that you want the TSPLOST to fund the bikeways already in the project list, protected bike lanes on Peachtree Street, and equity bike share stations.
In addition to the City of Atlanta TSPLOST, Fulton County is working on a $0.75 sales tax to fund transportation projects. Together with the Southern Environmental Law Center, Citizens for Progressive Transit, Georgia Bikes, the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Partnership for Southern Equity, and PEDS, we called for investing in a range of diverse transportation projects rather than building new roads. Click here to read the joint letter.