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MARTA for Clayton County?

Via Lee Biola and Citizens for Progressive Trasit:

Clayton Non-binding MARTA Vote Goes Forward

Deadline for Binding Vote Passes

RIVERDALE, GA – Mass transit supporters say quality bus and rail projects are still possible in Clayton County even though today's deadline to allow voters to formally join MARTA this year is passing.

“We would rather have been allowed to join MARTA this year,” said Pastor Jerome Dukes of Community Fellowship Christian Center International in Riverdale. “But the MARTA question that we did get on the ballot is empowering.”

The Clayton County Commission did not call a binding vote on MARTA in time to beat a September 2 deadline. But the Georgia General Assembly did pass a law earlier this year allowing Clayton voters to vote in a non-binding referendum.

That vote will take place November 2.

“We need to invest in future generations,” said Dukes. “Quality bus lines will get people to work. Quality trains will encourage walkable communities.”

If Clayton County did join MARTA, it could raise at least $35 million per year. The money could build bus lines and operate a commuter rail line on existing tracks in Clayton County.

The Atlanta region's mass transit plan, Concept 3, includes several bus and rail projects in Clayton County that could be funded if the county joined MARTA.

The November 2 ballot question will read: “Should Clayton County become a full participant in

MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) and levy a sales tax in support of MARTA and Clayton County’s public transportation needs?” (Source: House Bill 1446)

“We can still have world class public transit in Clayton County,” said Pastor Dukes. “But people needto vote yes to MARTA on November 2 to make it happen.”

A map of Concept 3 is at: http://transitboard.org/files/concept3_stylized.pdf.

Posters and Fact Sheets with additional information are at: http://www.claytontransit.com.

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