Transportation Investment Act

Vote “YES” for the Transportation Investment Act

On July 31, the 10-county metro Atlanta region will decide whether to approve a one cent sales tax over a 10-year period that will provide $7.2 million to construct 157 road improvement and transit projects needed to combat traffic congestion.  We expect an average decrease of 24 percent in traffic delays with the build-out of these projects.  The metro region will also benefit from a $9.2 billion savings in fuel and in personal time.

In addition to combating traffic congestion, a favorable vote will also produce major economic development, particularly around new transit stations and 200,000 jobs that will be created or saved as a result of the construction and operation of these projects.

Passage of the referendum will result in a light rail line from the MARTA Lindbergh Station to Emory/CDC, which is the only major Atlanta employment center not served by a major road or transit line.  There will be a light rail or bus line from the MARTA Arts Center Station through Atlantic Station to the Cumberland area that will continue to Marietta and on to the rest of Cobb County.

The referendum will also result in the construction of the first part of the Atlanta Belt Line transit system.  This West Line will go west from the old Sears store at City Hall East, which is now Ponce City Market, by Georgia Tech, Coca-Cola and then to the west side of the BeltLine.  The North Line will go north from Ponce City Market to a station in Virginia Highlands and continue to a station near Park Tavern at 10th and Monroe Drive, which is adjacent to Piedmont Park and the Morningside neighborhood.

In addition, passage of the referendum will result in major road improvements north of I-20 and south of the Atlanta city limits that will benefit us.  These projects will include improvements to Peachtree Street, the Roswell Road / Piedmont Avenue interchange, Northside Drive, Howell Mill Road, Moores Mill Road, Monroe Drive, 14th Street, 10th Street and other roads.

It is clear that there is a lot to like about the project list for voters in North Atlanta.

A vote against the referendum is a vote for even more traffic congestion.  We will also vote to consign Atlanta to an uncertain future, allowing cities such as Charlotte, Dallas, Denver and Seattle to surge ahead of us in the competition for new corporate headquarters.  We will be voting to stay in the past while other cities have voted to move into the future.

Please turn out to vote on July 31.  If you are not going to be in town, you can obtain an absentee ballot by clicking here.