Now is the time to mobilize

Now is the time to mobilize — and the stakes are high. On Thursday, February 18 at 3 p.m., Senator Brandon Beach’s (R-Alpharetta) MARTA expansion bill (SB 330) will be HEARD and VOTED ON by the Transportation committee. This hearing is the critical next step for the effort to expand MARTA rail.  If the bill does not make it past committee, there is little hope anything will happen until next year’s legislative session.  Now more than ever, we need to pack the committee room with supporters as clear demonstration to the committee of the citizen-wide support this effort has.

What: All hands on deck needed to show up and support MARTA expansion
Where: Georgia Capitol, 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334, Room 125
When: 3 p.m. Transportation Committee meeting (Room 125)

We need as many supporters to show up as possible, so please pass this info around to whomever you like.

Directions:
The Capitol can be easily accessed from Georgia State and Five Points MARTA station.
Parking is also available at the Pete Hackney Parking Deck and Undergrad Atlanta Parking Deck.

As many of you already know, the bill is focused on extending MARTA rail in North Fulton along the 400 corridor and in DeKalb along the Clifton and I-20 east corridor. The legislation is designed to allow voters to decide whether to pay an additional half-penny sales tax in DeKalb and Fulton counties for MARTA in a referendum.  Extending MARTA rail will build key connections in Metro Atlanta’s transit network and drastically expand the ways in which residents can connect to jobs and move about our region safely and efficiently. Rail transit increases the upward economic mobility of residents, allows riders to be productive while traveling, and is a win for our environment.  A recent report from HNTB found that MARTA growth could pump $5.2 billion into economy and add 45,000 jobs.

Furthermore, recent polling shows that voters in both Fulton and DeKalb would overwhelmingly support transit expansion.  Let’s tell our state Senators that citizens deserve the right to determine their own local destiny and vote on MARTA expansion!

More information on the expansion proposals can be found here:

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