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Register to Vote on MARTA

What's happening: On November 4, 2014, Clayton County voters will decide whether to join MARTA.

Register to vote by: October 6, 2014

Register to Vote Online at: https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button

The investment: The one cent sales tax would raise about $46 million a year in Clayton County.
 
The benefits: The one cent sales tax would pay for a mix of local bus routes, paratransit, and either bus rapid transit or commuter rail in:
● Riverdale ● College Park ● Forest Park   ● Morrow
● Jonesboro ● Lovejoy and other Clayton communities.
 
The ballot question: “Clayton County has executed a contract with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, dated as of July 5, 2014. Shall this contract be approved?”

Clayton Bus & Rail Map: http://www.junctionatl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2025-Bus.jpg

Key Documents:

MARTA-Clayton Contract (16 pages):
http://www.junctionatl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-07-05-Execute...

MARTA Clayton Extension Engineering Report (with more maps) (40 pages):
http://www.junctionatl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/MARTA-FULL-PENNY-E...

Click Here to Register to vote: https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/#no-back-button

Voters Get to Decide!

Voters Will Decide November 4 whether to join MARTA. On Saturday, July 5, the Clayton County Commission voted 3-1 to approve a contract MARTA approved earlier in the week.

The contract would let MARTA run buses in Clayton County and begin construction of a rail line or other high capacity service (like Bus Rapid Transit).

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

For more information, go to: http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/07/clayton-commission-vote-3-to-1-to-...

Contact Gail Hambrick

And Show Up Saturday

Clayton voters will not get to vote on MARTA in November unless leaders reach an agreement by Sunday (July 6).

On Tuesday, July 1 in Jonesboro, Clayton County Commissioners refused to approve the whole penny sales tax sought by MARTA. The commissioners approved only a half-penny.

The following morning in Atlanta, MARTA's Board of Directors rejected the half-penny proposal, but offered again to provide bus and rail service if Clayton would agree to a whole penny sales tax.

The whole penny would raise an estimated $46 million per year, enough to support both bus and rail. The half penny would raise only enough money for buses.

MARTA's action sends the question back to Clayton County, which has scheduled a special meeting at 10:00am on Saturday, July 5.

We need to keep transit expansion hopes alive.

TWO WAYS TO HELP: (1) Contact Commissioner Hambrick and (2) Join Clayton County Clergy at 9:00am Saturday outside the Commssion Building

CONTACT COMMISSIONER GAIL HAMBRICK

Two of five Clayton Commissioners agree with MARTA about the full penny. A third commissioner needs to vote yes to the full penny by Sunday to keep the deal alive.

The Commissioner most likely to change her mind is Gail Hambrick. Please contact her right now and forward this to anyone you think might be willing to contact her.

CONTACT INFO:
Commissioner Gail Hambrick
Office Phone: (770) 603-4135
gail.hambrick@claytoncountyga.gov

SAMPLE EMAIL:

Dear Commissioner Hambrick:

MARTA bus and rail would create a tremendous opportunity for economic development in Clayton County. Public transit is also needed for people too old to drive, too young to drive, too sick to drive, and those unable to afford a car. Clayton property owners need to fill empty commercial spaces and homes. Rail and bus together can accomplish these things. We are asking you to let the voters decide. Please vote to let voters decide on a full penny sales tax for MARTA and help kick-start Clayton's recovery.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS
YOUR PHONE NUMBER

SHOW UP SATURDAY

WHAT: Join Clayton Clergy
WHERE: Outside Clayton Commission Building
DATE: Saturday, July 5, 2014
TIME: 9:00am
ADDRESS: 112 Smith St, Jonesboro, GA 30236

Last Chance for Clayton transit - Be There July 1

PLEASE SHOW UP JULY 1

WHAT: Clayton County Board of Commissioners Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WHERE: 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro, Georgia (Board Room)

TIME: Arrive 6:00pm to get a good seat (meeting at 7:00pm)

WHAT'S HAPPENING: The Clayton County Commission has the power to let voters decide on MARTA buses and commuter trains, but time is running out. Voters won't get to decide if Commissioners fail to act before July 7, 2014. The last regular Commission meeting before the deadline is July 1.

THE INVESTMENT: A one cent MARTA sales tax could raise $49 million a year in Clayton County. It takes a full penny to build a World Class Transit system. A half penny is not enough.

THE BENEFITS: This one cent sales tax could pay for bus and commuter rail in:
● Riverdale ● College Park ● Forest Park
● Morrow ● Jonesboro ● Lovejoy and other Clayton communities.

LONG TERM: Clayton could lead the way for Cobb, Gwinnett and other counties.

Clayton County Voters, contact your Commissioners if you want a vote on MARTA: http://myclaytoncommissioner.com/

EVERYONE: Please show up on July 1! This is the last chance under current law for transit in Clayton.

Will Clayton Let Voters Decide on MARTA? Please Show Up June 17

WE NEED YOU THERE

WHAT: Clayton County Board of Commissioners Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WHERE: 112 Smith Street, Jonesboro, Georgia (Board Room)

TIME: Arrive 6:00pm to get a good seat (meeting at 7:00pm)

WHAT TO WEAR: Green! Wear a green t-shirt or something else green. “Let Voters Decide” signs to be provided.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: The Clayton County Commission has the power to let voters decide on MARTA buses and commuter trains, but time is running out. Voters won't get to decide if Commissioners fail to act before July 7, 2014

THE INVESTMENT: A one cent MARTA sales tax could raise $49 million a year in Clayton County. It takes a full penny to build a World Class Transit system. A half penny is not enough.
 
THE BENEFITS: This one cent sales tax could pay for bus and commuter rail in:
● Riverdale ● College Park ● Forest Park
● Morrow ● Jonesboro ● Lovejoy and other Clayton communities.

LONG TERM: Clayton could lead the way for Cobb, Gwinnett and other counties.

Clayton County Voters, contact your Commissioners if you want a vote on MARTA: http://myclaytoncommissioner.com/

EVERYONE: Please show up on June 17! This is history.

Clayton Public Meetings May 22

Attend public meetings for Phase II of Clayton County's Conceptual Transit Feasibility Study. County staff and consultants will be available to go over the proposed transit network, the schedule, how the public can participate and to respond to citizen questions and comments. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30 pm Presentation
Frank Bailey Senior Center
6213 Church Street
Riverdale, GA 30274

Thursday, May 22, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30 pm Presentation
Fountain of Life Christian Church
3372 Anvil Block Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294

Clayton County Public Meetings

Clayton County is holding public meetings about transit. But it is not clear whether they are considering both bus and rail.

Please print copies of this map: http://www.cfpt.org/documents/worldclass_map.pdf

Please take it to one of the meetings listed below and show it to officials.

Meeting dates for Conceptual Transit Feasibility Study:​​

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
6:00PM - 8:00 PM
6:30PM Presentation 
Northeast Clayton Recreational Center
Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center
3499 Rex Road
Rex, GA 30273

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00PM - 8:00PM
6:30PM Presentation 
Central Clayton Police Department 
Community Room
7911 N. McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:00PM - 8:00PM
6:30PM Presentation
Divine Faith Teen Center
1522 Mundy's Mill Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:00PM - 8:00PM
6:30PM Presentation ​
Northwest Clayton
Frank Bailey Senior Center
6213 Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30274

For more information and to take a survey, go to: http://transit.claytoncountyga.gov/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/SitePages/Hom...

RAIL & BUS IN CLAYTON COUNTY?

Contact Your Commissioners:
http://myclaytoncommissioner.com/

What's happening: A change in state law allows the Clayton County Commission to allow a real binding vote on MARTA buses and commuter trains, but time is running out.

However: MARTA will only appear on the ballot in November if Clayton Commissioners take action by July 1, 2014

The investment: A one cent MARTA sales tax could raise $49 million a year in Clayton County. It takes a full penny to build a World Class Transit system. A half penny is not enough.
 
The benefits: This one cent sales tax could pay for bus and commuter rail in:
● Riverdale ● College Park ● Forest Park
● Morrow ● Jonesboro ● Lovejoy and other Clayton communities.

More benefits:
● Walkable communities around rail stations
● Proceeds can pay for sidewalks, crosswalks, and other public works near stations
● Residents save gas and get out of traffic
● Businesses are attracted to walkable environments, employees with dependable transportation, and airport rail connection

The ballot question required by law: “Clayton County has executed a contract with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, dated as of (insert date). Shall this contract be approved? _____Yes ______No”

Clayton County Voters: Tell commissioners whether you want to vote on Rail & Bus funding this year.

Contact Your Commissioners:
http://myclaytoncommissioner.com/

CfPT Ten Year Anniversary Happy Hour

- Thursday, November 21, 2013
- 6:00 - 8:00 PM (Socializing at 6, Program at 7)
- Hudson Grille, 942 Peachtree Street NE (Midtown MARTA)
- Light hors d'oeuvres provided; additional food and drinks available for purchase

Ten years ago, a small group of committed transit riders in Atlanta decided that our city needed a grassroots voice for improved public transportation. And so,Citizens for Progressive Transit was born.

June 22 - Walk the Streetcar Route

WHAT: Streetcar Walking Tour
DATE: Saturday, June 22, 2013
TIME: 10:00am - 1:00pm
MEETING SPOT: SE Entrance to Peachtree Center MARTA Station - Peachtree St at Ellis St.

Come join a walking tour of the future route of the Atlanta Streetcar! The tour will stop for lunch at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Distance: ~2.7 miles

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Things to bring: Please wear comfortable shoes, and feel free to bring water and cameras.

Things to not bring: Anything you don't want to carry around for 3 hours!

Kid Friendly: We will be crossing some busy intersections and highway on ramps and the sidewalks are not in great shape, so use your best judgement. No strollers, please.

Dog Friendly: Yes, but with above caveats, and dogs are not allowed in the Curb Market.

Meeting location: SE Entrance to Peachtree Center MARTA station at Peachtree & Ellis.

Contact jweidman@itsmarta.com with any questions.

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