By Rhonda White, MARTA Media Relations Intern
Nov. 8 marked a pivotal time in Atlanta’s transportation history. With an overwhelming 72 percent of Atlanta residents voting ‘yes,’ the MARTA half-penny sales tax will increase transit connectivity through bus and rail expansion, new routes and other improvements that provide customers with even more opportunities to get around the city on MARTA.
Collection of the half-cent sales levy will begin in spring of 2017. Over the next 40 years, nearly $2.5 billion (in today’s dollars) will fund major projects that include:
- Transit centers near Greenbriar Mall and Moores Mill
- Five proposed arterial rapid transit routes, including Campbellton Road-Greenbriar Mall-Oakland City and Peachtree Street-Five Points-Brookhaven
- Infill rail stations at Armour, Boone, Hulsey/Krog Street, Mechanicsville and Murphy Crossing
A full list of projects can be found on the MARTA website.
Community input will be a key component of the decision making process, and residents will have the opportunity to participate through a series of public meetings.
As MARTA gears up for the changes to come though, residents can experience even more MARTA before the tax goes into effect.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, MARTA unveiled the second En Route mural at the Oakland City Station. The new piece, entitled “I AM…We Are,” is an embodiment of the Oakland City community and features everyday people from the neighborhood.
Renowned artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou, assisted by artists Katie Bush and Matthew Evans, received inspiration from the South African concept ‘Ubuntu,” meaning “I am because of others.” The En Route project is a collaborative effort among MARTA, WonderRoot, the TransFormation Alliance and Fulton County Arts & Culture.
Funding for the project is provided by a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture. Additional funding support comes from Wells Fargo, the Ford Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Atlanta Regional Public Art Program of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Pecou’s “Rise Above,” mural has adorned the King Memorial Station since June. The En Route collection helps enhance the lives of neighborhood residents and transit users, and articulate a shared viewpoint through deep dialogue between individuals with a range of perspectives. The final installation will be at the H.E. Holmes Station.
In October, MARTA partnered with the Serenbe Institute to add new meaning to art and transit through the MARTA music series. In conjunction with the Fresh MARTA Market, customers had the opportunity to browse fresh selections of fruits and vegetables to the tunes of artists including Kebbi Williams and Mausiki Scales. Through November, the shopping experience turns theatrical as live plays and streaming cartoons accompany customers.
The Serenbe Playhouse will re-enact Charlotte’s Web, while Serenbe Film will show classic cartoons to stir up nostalgic memories.
Show times are:
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Classic Family Cartoons
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 6 p.m.
Both performances will be at the Five Points Station.
Make sure to catch a show and stock up on the fresh produce before the season ends. The last Fresh MARTA Market will be on Dec. 9 at the Five Points Station.
There are numerous ways to continue engaging with MARTA until expansion projects take to the street. Enjoy current transit programs and stay up to date by visiting itsmarta.com or connect on Instagram @MARTA_explorer, Twitter @MARTAService and Facebook at @MARTAtransit.