The Marta Referendum proposes a half penny sales tax to fund transit expansion and enhancements in the city of Atlanta, this ½ penny (0.5%) tax on all purchases is estimated to generate $2.5 billion in funding for transit infrastructure over 40 years. This would represent the largest MARTA expansion in a generation.
The MARTA referendum reads as follows:
If passed, projects that may be funded with this money include:
Adding light-rail transit to the Atlanta BeltLine
Clifton Corridor: light-rail connecting the Lindberg and Avondale MARTA train stations to provide service to one of the region’s largest job centers (Emory University, Emory Hospital, Center for Disease Control, and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital)
Increased bus service, shortening wait times for riders
Additional rail cars
For More Information:
Citizens for Progressive Transit: This is a grassroots 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, read our blog post.
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.