MARTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS POISED TO MAKE HISTORIC VOTE ON TRANSIT EXPANSION
Atlanta representatives serving on MARTA’s Board of Directors have submitted recommendations to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for historic transit expansion and enhancement projects to be included in the More MARTA Atlanta program.
As part of an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the transit agency, Mayor Bottoms has seven days to review the recommendations before the full MARTA Board is scheduled to vote on the program on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
The submission by board members Robert L. Ashe, Roderick E. Edmond, and Ryan C. Glover is the latest step in a process that was established after Atlanta voters approved a half-penny sales tax in 2016 to fund major transit improvements.
The More MARTA Atlanta program represents the largest transit undertaking in Atlanta in more than four decades. The sales tax is predicted to generate approximately $2.7 billion over 40 years, with the expectation that additional public and private funding will be sought to advance and expand key aspects of the program.
Following a thorough examination of technical data, performance measurements, and community surveys, the program calls for targeted investments in light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), arterial rapid transit (ART), new transit centers, additional fixed-route bus service, and upgrades to existing rail stations.
The proposed program is the result of more than two years of comprehensive planning and intensive public outreach involving a wide range of stakeholders, advisory groups, residents, and businesses. To meet the city’s overall objectives, the program focused on nine guiding principles aimed at ensuring greater mobility, better connections to jobs, safety, and accessibility to present and future transit options – locally and regionally.
Visitors and members of the media are invited to attend the board meeting at MARTA headquarters, located at 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE in Atlanta 30324, adjacent to Lindbergh Station. All guests are encouraged to use MARTA; validated parking is no longer available.
To view the recommendations sent to Mayor Bottoms, and to learn more about the More MARTA Atlanta program, visit https://www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.aspx.