"Tonight, voters approved two historic proposals to authorize the City of Atlanta and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to modernize, expand and enhance our city’s transportation system. Over the next five years, the City of Atlanta will build miles of Complete Streets projects, designing our streets so that they work for everyone – pedestrians, bikers and motorists. We will synchronize traffic signals, invest in sidewalks and pedestrian infrastructure, and build new bike paths. We will purchase the remaining land we need to complete the Atlanta BeltLine, putting us in a strong position to compete for federal dollars and accelerate transit construction along the 22-mile pathway.
Atlanta is in the early stages of renovating the green roof atop Atlanta City Hall. Plans call for more seating, the removal of invasive weeds and the installation of plants with a vibrant mix of colors and bloom times.
Atlanta’s city code states outright that the Atlanta BeltLine will, “increase the affordable housing inventory.” Three city councilmembers have proposed legislation that intends to put teeth into this provision in city code, which the BeltLine has not been on track to fulfill since the council adopted the provision in 2007.
Council members Andre Dickens, Kwanza Hall and Cleta Winslow filed three personal papers at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta City Council.
The papers would set minimum requirements for the proportion of new homes that have to be affordable. Affordable is defined as 80 percent or less of the area median income in metro Atlanta. The AMI, as of May, was $38,200 a year for one person, city officials said at that time.
Award recognizes public relations excellence in Georgia
Gas South, one of the leading natural gas providers in the Southeast, was honored at the 2016 Awards Ceremony hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The company received a prestigious Phoenix Award for its 10-day event commemorating Gas South’s 10-year anniversary.
Westside Atlanta neighborhoods next to receive bike stations
Mayor Kasim Reed today announced the expansion of Relay, the City of Atlanta’s public bicycle share program. Twelve new bike stations will be in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta by the end ofyear. Relay, operated by CycleHop, launched in June 2016 and currently offers 100 bikes which are available at ten stations in downtown Atlanta.
On November 8, 2016, City of Atlanta voters have the historic opportunity to vote on the future of transit and transportation in the City
The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation this spring giving the City of Atlanta the ability to levy an additional ½ penny sales in funding for MARTA and transit expansion upon voter approval. The same legislation gave the City the ability to collect an additional 4/10 penny sales tax on the dollar in funding for transportation improvements upon voter approval.
If passed, the referendums will fund significant and expansive transit and transportation projects citywide. If both pass, the city’s sales tax will go from 8.0% to 8.9% – or an additional nine cents will be collected on every $10 purchase.
View a sample ballot here. The referenda are highlighted in the last section of the second page under “Special Election: City of Atlanta.”
MARTA Sales Tax
An additional half penny in sales tax revenue for MARTA could generate approximately $2.5 billion for transit enhancements over 40 years, not including possible federal matching dollars.
Impact on the Atlanta BeltLine
Revenue from the MARTA sales tax could go toward the following Atlanta BeltLine projects:
Other projects include enhanced bus service, expanded bus routes, and improvements to existing stations.
On the Ballot
“Shall an additional sales tax of one-half percent be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta?”
More info is available on MARTA’s website: www.itsmarta.com/expandMARTA
Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST)
An additional 4/10 penny in sales tax revenue will raise approximately $300 million over the five-year collection period. TSPLOST projects will directly serve 94% of Atlanta residents and 98% of the city’s jobs.
Impact on the Atlanta BeltLine
$65.9 million in tax revenue would be designated for the following:
Other TSPLOST projects include sidewalk and streetscape improvements and high tech traffic signal optimization. Some of these projects improve access to the Atlanta BeltLine and making streets within the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
On the Ballot
“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?”
More information is available on the City’s website at www.atlantaga.gov/tsplost