City of Atlanta T-SPLOST
On November 8, 2016, Atlanta voters overwhelmingly approved two ballot referenda authorizing investment in transit and transportation infrastructure: the City of Atlanta TSPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax for transportation) and the MARTA (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) expansion.
The TSPLOST took effect on April 1, 2017, and will generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant and expansive transportation projects citywide. The TSPLOST adds four-tenths of a penny in sales tax, or an additional 4 cents on a $10 purchase.
MARTA’s new half-penny sales tax for transit expansion and enhancements in the City of Atlanta took effect on March 1, 2017. Over a period of forty years, this half-penny sales tax will generate an estimated $2.6 billion, allowing MARTA to make major investments in transit infrastructure, including introducing high-capacity rail improvements, building new infill rail stations within the City, purchasing new buses, adding more frequent service, and introducing new bus routes. For more information about the MARTA sales tax proposal, visit itsmarta.com.
The two programs will implement high priority projects from the Connect Atlanta Plan, the City’s comprehensive transportation plan, the Atlanta Streetcar System Plan, and Concept3, the Atlanta region’s transit plan, and more than a dozen neighborhood and community plans that have been adopted in the last six years, and features projects in nearly all of the city’s commercial districts, including:
• $66 million for the Atlanta BeltLine, which will allow the BeltLine to purchase all the remaining right of way to close the 22-mile loop;
• $75 million for 15 complete streets projects;
• $3 million for Phase 2 of the Atlanta Bike Share program;
• $69 million for pedestrian improvements in sidewalks; and
• $40 million for traffic signal optimization.
In addition, the projects include high priority sidewalk and bikeway projects connecting our neighborhoods to 80 Atlanta Public Schools and all of Atlanta’s rail stations.
Visit this page to see the Connect Atlanta plan and learn more about this planning effort.
To see the T-SPLOST project list overview click here.
For a fact sheet on the T-SPLOST click here.
Proctor Creek Greenway
The Proctor Creek Greenway is a seven-mile bike and pedestrian trail from Maddox Park to the Chattahoochee River that will provide 50 acres of linear park and upland greenspace along Proctor Creek, as well as connectivity to BeltLine Westside Trail, Bankhead MARTA Station, and Westside Quarry Park. Moreover, the Greenway will serve as an entryway to the Chattahoochee River which currently has no public access via trail within the City limits.
From an environmental perspective, the trail will provide a spectacular ribbon of greenspace and a world class trail to an underserved community, plus offer green infrastructure to treat stormwater runoff along the trail. The trail construction will stabilize the streambank by removing invasive plants and debris along the trail, followed by planting of native species. In addition, the kickoff segment will involve removal of impervious surfaces in and close to the buffer and will reduce stormwater runoff into the creek.
Mayor Reed has expedited $3 million in TSPLOST revenue to begin work on the first segment of the trail, approximately two miles running from Bankhead MARTA Station to the existing West Highlands Trail. This segment is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2017.
The City and its partners are hosting public meetings to gather community input about the Proctor Creek Greenway. Meeting notes will be posted on this page.
Procter Creek Greenway Meeting Minutes - 3-22-17
Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Referendum
In March 2016, more than eight in ten Atlanta voters approved two referenda authorizing the City to borrow up to $250 million in bonds to tackle the city’s infrastructure backlog without raising property taxes. The Renew Atlanta program focuses on repairs and upgrades to streets and sidewalks, citywide traffic signal optimization and construction of more than 30 miles of complete streets. The second major component of the Renew Atlanta program involves upgrades and urgent repairs to public facilities and the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Aquatic and Recreational Facility in the Historic Old Fourth Ward. The Renew Atlanta program has a complementary but different focus than the City’s T-SPLOST proposal. For more information about Renew Atlanta visit www.renewatlantabond.com
Reporting and Transparency
Maintaining the public’s confidence is important to the City of Atlanta. State law requires an annual audit of each transportation purpose listed in the Referendum Resolution. This audit will track original cost estimates, current cost estimates, current year expenditures and prior year expenditures.
State law also requires that the City publish a simple, nontechnical report in a general circulation newspaper each year. This report must show original cost estimates, current cost estimates, current year expenditures and prior years expenditures. If any project is underfunded or behind schedule, the City must include a statement of corrective action for that project in the report. The report must also include a report of any surplus funds.