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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.

Streetcar Walking Tour Saturday

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meeting spot:
SE Entrance to Peachtree Center MARTA station
Peachtree & Ellis St.

Come join a walking tour of the future route of the Atlanta Streetcar! We 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!

Thank You 2012 Contributors

Conductors ($120 and up)

Anonymous
Eric Ayers
Jennifer Ball
Jack Bennett
Lee Biola
Christopher Michael Heisel
Bob Krone
Jim & Esther Stokes

Station Agents ($60 to $119)

Harold Barnett
Quang-Binh Dam
Michael Black
Jim Dexter
David Emory
Brian Gist
Paula Hill
Rebecca Watts Hull
John Maximuk
Shelby Mayes
Matthew Rao
Ashley Robbins

Strap Hangers ($30 to $59)

Glen Bottoms
Lamont Cobb
Jessica Estep
Hilliard Hardman
Jeff Lam
Michelle Marcus Rushing
Amanda Wall
Jonathan Weidman

Happy Hour on the Beltline Dec 10

What: CfPT Happy Hour on the Beltline
Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Bell Street Burritos & Irwin Street Market, 660 Irwin Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30312

The amazing Eastside Trail of the Beltline is Open!

Have you walked or biked it? The trail is a "superhighway" for bikes and pedestrians. But even more is in store!

An open right-of-way runs alongside the bicycle and pedestrian trail. Come find what this right-of-way has to do with future transit service.

T-SPLOST WINS WITH CITY OF ATLANTA VOTERS

Voters Endorse Beltline; Reject Roads

ATLANTA - City of Atlanta voters said "Yes" to the TSPLOST and the streetcar and rail projects it would have paid for, while communities that would have gotten only roads said "No."

"This is a strong endorsement of the Beltline by the people who live closest to it," said Ashley Robbins, President of Citizens for Progressive Transit.

As of this press release, the T-SPLOST was winning in the City of Atlanta. "Yes" voters numbered 38,380 and "No" voters numbered 26,895. This meant 59 percent of City voters were in favor of the T-SPLOST.

Leading up to the vote, transit advocates distributed maps of the rail projects included in the T-SPLOST. All of the rail projects were at least partially in the City of Atlanta.

The ten county Atlanta region has nearly 40,000 lane miles of roads. It appears that voters felt that was more than enough roads.

"We kept hearing people outside the city say they were
unhappy the T-SPLOST would not include rail lines near them," said Robbins. "So it is not a surprise that communities that got only roads said 'No.'"

The ten county region rejected the TSPLOST.

The "Yes" vote in what is normally a low turnout election, shows that City of Atlanta voters are willing to pay for rail, bike, and pedestrian improvements. This endorsement could shape any new "Plan B."

If the City of Atlanta were allowed to vote on these
projects without the other ten counties, the most forward thinking projects in the T-SPLOST could still go forward.

"We need to free up the communities that are ready to move forward and let them make smart investments in the future," said Robbins.

In 2010, voters in Clayton County also endorsed more transit. Nearly 70 percent of Clayton County voters voted to raise a one cent sales tax to join MARTA. Although that referendum was non-binding, it shows Clayton County voters, like City of Atlanta voters, are ready to invest in mass transit.

There are other Georgia communities that would likely support transit if given a real choice.

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