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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)

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.


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:

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

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