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MARTA’s Atlanta expansion: Have your say


As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, MARTA is seeking public input to as finalizes plans to spend the $2.5 billion expected to be raised by a half-penny transit sales tax approved by Atlanta voters in 2016. 

The proposed project list includes big-ticket items like the Clifton Corridor light rail line to the Emory University/CDC area and light rail along Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta. But Atlanta Beltline advocates are not happy the list includes only a third of their favorite project (here’s a list of projects that were not recommended). 

MARTA officials have been meeting with community groups and seeking comment at various events across the city. Now several Atlanta City Council members are sponsoring public forums to hear what the public has to say about the MARTA expansion. 

Look for an AJC article this weekend about the tough decisions MARTA faces as it whittles down its Atlanta expansion project list. In the meantime, you can influence the outcome by speaking your mind at these upcoming forums: 

August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: Fort McPherson, 1788 Hardee Ave. SW, Atlanta 

Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce Sheperd (District 12), Marci Collier Overstreet (District 11), and Cleta Winslow (District 4) 

August 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: MARTA Headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road, Atlanta 

Hosted by: More MARTA Atlanta 

August 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: TBD 

Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Mosby Archibong (District 5), Carla Smith (District 1), Amir Farokhi (District 2), and Jennifer Ide (District 6) 

August 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Location: C.T. Martin Recreation Center (formerly Adamsville Recreational Center), 3201 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SW, Atlanta 

Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone (District 10) 

 

If you can’t attend one of the forums, you can take MARTA’s online survey here.


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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.