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Atlanta City Councilmembers Host More MARTA Atlanta Community Forums

Post Date:07/30/2018 3:24 PM

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Council
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

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Sandra L. McGill
Communications Specialist, Office of Communications
Office: (404) 546-1477
Mobile: (470) 698-4656
Email: slmcgill@atlantaga.gov

 

July 30, 2018

 

Atlanta City Councilmembers Host More MARTA Atlanta Community Forums
City of Atlanta Residents Are Urged to Learn About Proposed
More MARTA Atlanta Projects, Provide Feedback

ATLANTA—Atlanta City Councilmembers are hosting a series of community forums in August to educate residents and city stakeholders about the More MARTA Atlanta program and receive feedback on the proposed project list. The first community forum will take place on Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fort McPherson, 178 Hardee Avenue S.W.

It will be co-hosted by Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd (District 12), Marci Collier Overstreet (District 11), and Cleta Winslow (District 4).

“We want to hear from our residents,” said Councilmember Sheperd. “These forums will give the community an opportunity to join more in-depth discussions and get updates as we prepare to roll out Marta transit projects across the city. We’re asking everyone to attend.”

City of Atlanta residents passed the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax in 2016. The funds will generate nearly $2.5 billion for transit expansion and enhancement projects over the next 40 years.

More MARTA Atlanta’s original project list was developed with public input and included more than 70 projects with an estimated price tag of $11.5 billion, which significantly exceeded the program’s sales-tax budget. 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 current proposed project list.

More MARTA Atlanta 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. The program of projects will expand the existing transit system and offer a broader variety of transportation services to all parts of Atlanta.

More MARTA Atlanta will serve 126 neighborhoods and is slated to increase access to jobs by 56 percent, improve transit services to communities with large minority or low-income populations by 61 percent, and provide access to more than 70 healthcare facilities and 83 grocery stores. The program’s goal is to connect Atlanta communities, expand access to job and educational opportunities, enhance independence for seniors and individuals living with disabilities, and improve the overall quality of life for Atlanta residents.

More MARTA Atlanta marks Atlanta’s largest transit investment in four decades and aligns with the Atlanta Transportation Plan and the City’s blueprint for increased development.

Atlanta residents 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:

Aug. 2

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: Fort McPherson, 1794 Walker Avenue S.W.

    *Navigate to 250 Sayers St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 -- Enter the Lee St. gate, then follow red arrows to Redevelopment A

    uthority. If your GPS takes you to the Tyler Perry Studios gate next to the MARTA station, DO NOT ENTER, you’ll be turned around. Continue past their entrance to Lee Street.

  • Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd (District 12), Marci Collier Overstreet (District 11), and Cleta Winslow (District 4)

Aug. 9

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: MARTA Headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road
  • Hosted by: More MARTA Atlanta

Aug. 15

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: To be determined
  • Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Carla Smith (District 1), Amir Farokhi (District 2), and Jennifer Ide (District 6)

Aug. 23

  • Time: 6–8 p.m.
  • Location: C.T. Martin Recreation Center (formerly Adamsville Recreation Center), 3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive S.W.
  • Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Andrea L. Boone (District 10) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1 At-Large)

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