On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, we have the chance to dramatically expand MARTA and city transportation projects by voting on two ballot measures.
The city transportation (TSPLOST) ballot measure will read, “Shall an additional 0.4 percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion reduction?”
This would inject about $300 million into city transportation projects -- including bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, and trails.
We encourage you to review the project lists, then to vote yes to both MARTA and TSPLOST! More information is on the city's website.
TSPLOST includes some really exciting projects, such as 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 and funding to acquire land to continue to build the Atlanta BeltLine. We advocated for bike share to be included to support stations in that might not otherwise get them if only private funding were used, and the city added $3 million for bike share stations to the list!
Here are some highlights:
- $3 million for Phase 2 of the Atlanta Bike Share program
- $40 million for traffic signal optimization
- $66 million for the Atlanta BeltLine, which will allow the BeltLine to purchase all the remaining right of way to close the 22-mile loop
- $69 million for pedestrian improvements in sidewalks
- $75 million for 15 complete streets projects
In addition, the projects include high priority sidewalk and bikeway projects connecting our neighborhoods to 80 Atlanta Public Schools and all of Atlanta’s rail stations.
In addition to the City of Atlanta TSPLOST, Fulton County voters will consider $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.