from Betty E. Willis, Senior Associate Vice President Government & Community Affairs, Emory University:
Dear friends and neighbors,
If you are so inclined, please share the attached op-ed with your neighbors or any media connections you may have. It is being circulated to local media outlets/publications as part of a consolidated effort with MARTA to help get the word out about the importance of the Clifton Corridor transit line and current legislation we hope will be approved by the General Assembly this session that would provide the funding for it. There has been a lot of negative attention at the Capitol and in the media about Fulton elected officials disagreeing on MARTA expansion up GA 400 and we think it is important to re-shift the focus to a project that has broad and strong support. We want to highlight positive attention on the other MARTA projects in DeKalb (Clifton Corridor and I-20) that would also benefit from passage of transit funding legislation which is the purpose of this op-ed.
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have. Many thanks for your help in sharing with your contacts!My best,Betty E. WillisSenior Associate Vice PresidentGovernment & Community AffairsEmory UniversityExecutive DirectorClifton Community PartnershipPresidentClifton Corridor Transportation Management Association1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th FloorAtlanta, GA 30322Phone: 404.727.5312Fax: 404.727.5312Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AJC: MARTA is seeking input from businesses along a potential future expansion route between Lindbergh Center and Avondale stations.
WABE: MARTA is ready to expand rail operation and envisions an $8 billion development push for proposed routes and services. The plan must be approved by the state legislature before the expansion goes into effect. [READ MORE]
AJC: For 50 years or more, even before I-285 was finished, metro Atlanta’s orientation has been circular. There is Inside-the-Perimeter, Outside-the-Perimeter, and the rest of Georgia. That landscape may be about to change. Drastically. [READ MORE]
DecaturMetro: For many years, Decatur had a sort of gentleman’s agreement with its residents regarding Saturday street parking.
If you had been around long enough, you discovered that the PALS – who write the city’s parking tickets – didn’t work on Saturdays, so while all official Decatur documentation about metered parking said that you needed to pump coins (and more recently credit cards) into the meters on Saturday, those “in the know” could save some cash on Saturdays. [READ MORE]
DHCA : Last year, the DHCA was invited to comment on the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative, a light rail project planned by MARTA and the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association. MARTA sought community opinion about the project. The association’s transportation committee recently submitted feedback: DHCA Feedback on Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative.
For more information about the project, please follow the additional links.
first mtg is tonight: 6pm - 8pm / Westminister Presbyterian Church / 1438 Sheridan Rd, NE
The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative is MARTA's proposed light rail line linking the Lindbergh and Avondale Stations. It will provide rail service to one of the region's most congested areas - and biggest job centers - serving Emory University & Hospital, CDC, Children's Heatlhcare, and VA Hospital. [READ MORE]
From Laura Douglas-Brown in the Emory Report: "Two public meetings set for early December are among the next steps in a multi-year effort to bring light rail transit to the Clifton corridor, including stops convenient to the Emory campus, Emory University Hospital and the CDC...." [Read more.]
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; MARTA repairs and temporary schedule adjustments.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: In an effort to transform MARTA for future growth in the Atlanta region, the Authority is in the midst of investigating ways to improve access to bus, rail and Mobility (paratransit) services. Dubbed the Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA), this initiative involves feedback from employees, current customers and the general public. Please take a moment to complete a short online survey on what improvements you’d like to see in MARTA’s rail and bus service.