This week we asked you to come out and you showed up! There is positive movement towards ARC including rail on the entire BeltLine on their list but it is not for certain due to the lack of support from Atlanta city council and MARTA. Please email your city council members and ask why they haven’t asked the ARC to include light rail transit on the whole Beltline in the Regional Transportation Plan, which would qualify it for federal matching funds.
The Atlanta Retional Commission is taking away transit from the 45 neighborhoods the BeltLine would connect.
Last fall, your voices convinced the MARTA board that rail transit on the BeltLine is imperative to keep Atlanta moving. Now we need you to speak out once again. Neither MARTA nor the city has asked the Atlanta Regional Commission to include BeltLine Rail in their long-range plan. If the BeltLine is not in the ARC plan it can’t qualify for Federal matching dollars and thus won’t be completed for decades.
Yesterday, our neighbors in Gwinnett County again turned their backs on MARTA. That’s disappointing to those of us who believe transit is vital to keeping metro Atlanta moving -- but it’s also a chance to turn our attention back to communities that are already on board.
Transportation along the Atlanta BeltLine has come a long way since the original light rail plans in 1999. Five steps must be taken before rail construction can begin. These 5 steps are complete or almost complete for 16 of the 22 miles of light rail. This blog is an overview of where we are today after the More MARTA funding.
Community engagement works. Volunteers with BeltLine Rain Now are pleased to see that the revised MoreMARTA priority list better reflects a vision for integrated transit across Atlanta, including $200 million* more added to completion of the Atlanta BeltLine Southeast Corridor.
The project evaluation was pre-ordained.
The meetings denied public discourse.
The online survey was rigged.
It’s not too late to fix this, but we have to act now. MARTA will make the final decision at its board meeting on Oct. 4. You can help by speaking up – we want Beltline rail now.
If MARTA truly wants to stick to its stated vision of providing public transit to boost economic development and enhance the lives of Atlantans, they should use our money to install light rail around the entire BeltLine loop and it should be done now!
Completing the goal of the Atlanta BeltLine, using More MARTA would improve equity and connect affordable housing to jobs and amenities. Let’s finish what we began in 2007, when then MARTA’s Board decided that BeltLine should be built with rail transit along the entire loop. This is the best and probably last chance we will have, in our lifetimes, to fund and build rail transit on the entire BeltLine loop.
This was never the plan, but two thirds of the Beltline may forever move forward without transit. That’s because MARTA is only committed to one third of the long-promised project in the current More MARTA plan – a $2.5 billion list of projects to help the urban core of Atlanta manage incredible growth and change over the next 40 years. Worse, MARTA has offered no commitment to other funding or timing to close the 22-mile loop of transit.