2016 Election: TSPLOST Referendum

T-SPLOST: Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax

 Map Source: http://www.clatl.com/news/article/13087942/atlantas-proposed-tsplost-projects-now-in-map-form

Map Source: http://www.clatl.com/news/article/13087942/atlantas-proposed-tsplost-projects-now-in-map-form

In next month’s election, Atlantans will be presented with an opportunity to decide whether or not the City will make a big investment in citywide transportation infrastructure. The results of this referendum could have a huge role in the socio-economic forecast of our city for decades to come, so it’s vitally important that we understand what we’re voting on.

City of Atlanta voters will be asked...

Shall an additional 0.4 percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion reduction?

This means, for every purchase we make, 4/10 of a penny would be collected to fund transportation projects in the City of Atlanta. This could reportedly generate over $300 million for expanding transportation projects over a 5 year span.

Government officials posed the question of transit expansion to voters in 2012, but the measure did not pass. If approved this year, Atlanta could see...

  • Implementation of high priority projects from the Connect Atlanta plan (the City’s comprehensive transportation plan),

  • Right-of-way acquisition of the Atlanta BeltLine/multi-use trails

  • Multiple complete street projects across the city

  • Sidewalk and streetscape improvements

  • Bike share improvements and expansion

For More Information:

Citizens for Progressive Transit: This is a grassroot transit advocacy organization committed to working with MARTA and Atlanta leaders in efforts to bring about understanding among citizens and work towards long-term improvements to public transportation throughout the city.

Center for Civic Innovation: We held a meeting this summer with over 100 attendees, including activists, journalists, city officials, nonprofit staff, and  community members to create dialogue between Atlanta residents and governing entities. To learn about this meeting, visit our website.

MORE MARTA’s focus is conducting community meetings to exchange information about the ballot referendum for MARTA’s expansion and enhancement proposals.

Advance Atlanta: The Coalition to Advance Atlanta is a citizen-driven grassroots advocacy coalition dedicated to building support for regional transit and championing existing transit resources.