Atlanta City Council Members Host More MARTA Atlanta Community Forums
City of Atlanta Residents Urged to Learn About Proposed More MARTA Atlanta Projects, Provide Feedback
Atlanta City Council members are hosting community forums to educate residents and city stakeholders about the More MARTA Atlanta program and receive feedback on the proposed project list.
Public input has been central to the More MARTA Atlanta program since its inception. In 2016, City of Atlanta residents overwhelmingly passed the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax, which will generate nearly $2.5 billion for transit expansion and enhancement projects over the next 40 years.
“Ongoing community engagement and input is critical in steering the More MARTA Atlanta program in the right direction,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “As we take a comprehensive look at possible options, it’s critical that we hear from all of our valued stakeholders and evaluate their input as we chart the course ahead for this important program that will redefine the transit experience in the City of Atlanta.”
The original project list developed for the program, with public input, included more than 70 projects with an estimated price tag of $11.5B, which significantly exceeded the program’s sales tax budget. Once again, extensive public feedback – along with thorough technical and service performance evaluations conducted by program partners’ City of Atlanta and MARTA – played a significant role in right-sizing the program to the currently proposed project list.
“Our communities have called for large-scale transit investment,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “As our population grows, our infrastructure needs grow as well — and improved public transportation will give Atlantans better access to public spaces, job centers, and opportunities. It is a critical piece of our vision for a more connected Atlanta region.”
Shaped by guiding principles adopted by the partners, the More MARTA Atlanta program focuses on taking a balanced approach to delivering transit projects that will improve service, accessibility, and connectivity to communities throughout the City of Atlanta and the regional network. Overall, this program of projects will expand the existing transit system and offer a broader variety of transportation of services to all parts of Atlanta.
The program will serve 126 unique neighborhoods and is slated to increase access to jobs by 56%, improve transit service to communities with large minority or low-income populations by 61%, and provide access to more than 70 healthcare facilities, 83 grocery stores, and 115 schools and universities.
More MARTA Atlanta marks the largest transit investment in four decades and aligns with the Atlanta Transportation Plan and the City’s blueprint for increased development.
Atlanta residents who are unable to attend the scheduled community forums are encouraged to learn more about the program, review the project list, and provide feedback online at www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.
Upcoming More MARTA Atlanta Community Forums:
August 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306
Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Carla Smith (District 1), Amir Farokhi (District 2), and Jennifer Ide (District 6)
August 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: C.T. Martin Recreation Center (formerly Adamsville Recreational Center), 3201 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Andrea L. Boone (District 10), Michael Julian Bond (Post 1 At Large), and Dustin Hillis (District 9)