With the Atlanta City Council set to consider two major transportation project lists in the coming weeks, Dist. 2 Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall has offered up a $3.5 billion list that he says delivers “equitable service improvements,” prioritizes services needs and lays the groundwork for a regional network.
MARTA and the Atlanta BeltLine officials presented the city council a list of $10 billion worth of transit projects, but left it open as to how the list would be narrowed to fit within the $3.5 billion that current estimates the sales tax increase would generate.
The other project list that will be funded by a 5-year renewable “Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax” or TSPLOST, which will generate an estimated $320 million. BeltLine officials estimate they could acquire the remaining Beltline right-of-way and build out the trails with $389 million. The City’s Department of Public Works also has a list of $255 million complete street, sidewalk, and streetscaping projects they would like to do.
If approved by City Council and the Fulton County Commission, City of Atlanta voters will be able to vote yes or no on two “half-penny” sales taxes on Nov. 8.
- Hall’s plan calls for restoring and expanding MARTA bus service, including new stations at Armour Yards and near Krog Street.
- Making the existing Atlanta Streetcar more efficient, including cutting wait times to 10 minutes and unifying the fare system and planning apps.
- Creating a light rail component that would intersect with MARTA and the Atlanta BeltLine at key locations from Murphy Crossing in southwest Atlanta to Armour Yard in an “S” shaped pattern. The light rail would connect Atlanta University Center to Downtown, King Center, Carter Center, Ponce City Market, Piedmont Park and Ansley Mall, among others.
- Earmarking dollars for a regional transit plan
You can see details of Hall’s entire plan on his Facebook page.