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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.

Atlanta's New Rail Map?

What's happening: On July 31, voters in the Atlanta region will vote on a one cent sales tax that would raise money for a list of transportation projects, including new rail projects. You may have heard people call it the "TSPLOST" or "Transportation Investment Act."

What would Atlanta's rail map look like if voters approve?

Click HERE to see a large version of the map.

Volunteer Opportunities and Events Around the TIA

As campaigns around the city in support of the Transportation Investment Act began to ramp up, there are plenty of volunteer activities that you can participate in to help out. (Click read more below to continue reading)

CfPT Transit on the Ballot Happy Hour - April 10

WHAT: CfPT Transit on the Ballot Happy Hour
DATE: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
TIME: 6:00pm-7:30pm
LOCATION: The Music Room, 327 Edgewood Ave.(Downstairs from Pizzeria Vesuvius)

Atlanta is building a new electric streetcar rail system. But how big will it be?

Voters decide July 31.

Atlanta Transportation Vote

In 2012, voters in ten metro Atlanta counties will vote whether to approve an additional one cent sales tax. Some people call it the TSPLOST (Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax). Some people call it TIA (Transportation Investment Act).

The vote is currently scheduled for July 31, 2012. But this could change.

If it passes, the money will fund projects in a project list including:

The Beltline, an Electric streetcar rail network connecting:
*Piedmont Park *Old Fourth Ward *Inman Park *West End
*Downtown *Midtown *Other neighborhoods

New MARTA Rail Connecting:
*Lindbergh *Cheshire Bridge *Sage Hill *Emory University

Premium Transit (Bus or Rail) Connecting:
*Arts Center Station *Atlantic Station *Cobb County destinations

Restored Bus Service in Clayton County

Bringing Existing MARTA Rail to State of Good Repair

See the full project list at:
http://atlantaregionalroundtable.com/documents/final_report.pdf

These details could change! Keep up to date by signing up for our newsletter in the top right hand corner of this webpage.

Look for the box that says "Sign Up for E-mail Updates."

Walking Tour of Atlanta's Electric Streetcar Rail

What: Tour Phase I of Atlanta's Streetcar Rail Network

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time: 10:30 am to 1:00pm

Meeting spot: Peachtree Street at Ellis Street

MARTA's Paul Grether leads the tour organized by Georgia Tech Students for Progressive Transit.

Get your questions answered and help bring World Class Transit in Atlanta a little closer to reality.

Directions: Take MARTA to Peachtree Center Station. Exit south end of station. Meet at corner of Peachtree Street and Ellis Street

For more information, contact Jonathan Weidman J.Weidman@gatech.edu

Join CfPT for Get A Move On

CfPT is proud to be partnering with the Civic League of Atlanta to plan the Get a Move On 10-County Town Hall on Transportation, Growth and the Future of Metro Atlanta this Saturday. Please join us from 8:30 to noon at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community,
40 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. To find out more or to register for the event, please visit the Civic League online at http://civicleagueatlanta.org.

Atlanta Regional Roundtable Tele-Town Halls

The Atlanta Regional Roundtable is hosting a series of town hall meetings by telephone this and next week. Each county will have it's own town hall meeting the ARC staff and the elected officials representing that county. Those joining the town halls will be allowed to ask questions as well as respond to poll questions being asked by the ARC. The number to join the town hall is 1-888-886-6603. The schedule for the town halls is below:

Telephone Townhall Meeting - Cherokee County
Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:00. Pin #16719. (Click "Read More" below to continue reading)

Moving to Opportunity in Cobb County: A Community Forum

Citizens for Progressive Transit has joined with the Livable Communities Coalition and the Partnership for Southern Equity to host a community forum in Cobb County to educate voters and riders about the Transportation Investment Act of 2012. Please join us Thursday, June 2nd, at 6:30 at the Cathedral at Turner Chapek AME in Marietta to learn more about the referendum. To RSVP for the event, please visit www.psequity.com.

MARTA Public Hearings

MARTA has once again proposed service changes and fare increases in response to the fiscal year 2011 budget. Public hearings will be held next week, on May 16th and 17th, around the metro region in regards to these changes. To find out more about the hearings and the proposed changes, visit MARTA online at: http://www.itsmarta.com/public-hearing-and-meetings.aspx

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