Vote on July 31, 2012
This Referendum will put the future of Georgia’s transportation in the voters’ hands on July 31, 2012. the law divides the state into 12 regions for the purpose of voting on a one percent sales tax to fund transportation projects in that region. All revenues collected in a region stay in that region. In the Atlanta region, 15 percent of funds are sent directly to local governments to fund local transportation projects, while 85 percent of funds support a list of regional projects created by local elected officials, known as Regional Roundtables.
Transit Projects Improve Regional Mobility
For regional transportation to work, riders must be able to get to their final destinations in the City. The City of Atlanta’s transit lines are crucial to providing last-mile connectivity from the region to employment, education and entertainment centers in the City. The projects include:
- Direct connections for more than 100,000 jobs within a 1/4 mile of the routes
- Direct connections for tens of thousands of students at Georgia Tech and Georgia State
- Direct connections to the North Avenue and Peachtree Center MARTA Stations.
- New MARTA Station and connection at Joseph E Boone Blvd.
- Direct, last mile connections to key regional destinations, such as Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Phillips Arena, Georgia World Congress Center, Carter Center, MLK Jr. National Historic Site, and Downtown/Midtown circulation from MARTA.
Making a Smart Investment
If the region is looking to fund projects that will be completed on time and on budget, the City of Atlanta transit projects are the safest bets.
- According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta’s transit projects have the second highest ridership of all rail expansion projects on the list; according to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s analysis, these projects have the lowest cost per mile of all rail projects on the list, and they are among the most deliverable within the 10-year time frame of the Transportation Investment Act.
- Since 2005, every dollar spent on the Atlanta BeltLine has generated another three dollars in private investment, totaling more than $1 billion in new private investment.
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