The time is closing in to make your voice heard concerning the proposed T-SPLOST penny sales tax. On Thursday, Sep-26-2011, the City of Atlanta is holding a public meeting to help determine what projects will be approved by the Regional Roundtable (to see the rest of the schedule, click here).
Currently, 50% of funding goes to transit, while 50% goes to road projects. While roads receive funding from a variety of other sources, this is a crucial funding moment for the future of regional transit. See the last issue of Footnotes for more details.
There are several ways you can help:
- Send a letter to the Regional Roundtable, stating your support for more transit on the list.
- Attend the meeting near you to support public transit and bike/ped projects.
- Take a survey set up by the Regional Roundtable to let them know which projects you support and which you oppose. To see the Sierra Club's position on each project, click here.
It is critical that transit supporters speak out for more T-SPLOST funds for MARTA, the BeltLine and adding the Atlanta-Griffin rail line to the project list. Moving $300 million away from the resuscitated Northern Arc “Sugarloaf Parkway Extension” to transit projects is also a priority.
If we can re-tool the project list covered by the tax, this will be an essential major step towards putting Atlanta back on the map as a transportation innovator – attracting business and improving the way we live.
To show your full support for an integrated transit future for the Atlanta region WEAR A GREEN SHIRT to the meeting!