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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

[ MARTA Expansion Passes ]

Voters approved a half-penny sales tax that will last 40 years to fund the expansion of MARTA and the Beltline.

Click here for more.

[ Atlanta to Expand Bike Share Program ]

If you haven’t seen any light blue bikes around the city, chances are you will soon. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the city will soon add 12 new stations to the Relay Bike Share program, expanding into Midtown areas like Piedmont Park and Georgia Tech. The city plans to expand from 100 bikes at the June launch to 500 bikes by the year’s end.

Read the full article here:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2016/10/27/city-rolls-out-aggressive-expansion-of-bike.html

[ Atlanta Joins Bike Share Club ]

After some delays, Atlanta’s Bike Share program launched on Thursday, June 23. Atlanta joins cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia in this effort to extend the reach of public transportation for residents, workers and tourists in the downtown area. 100 bikes are currently available at 10 downtown Atlanta stations. By the end of 2016, 500 bikes will be available to borrow. The City of Atlanta hopes that this program will help provide residents with access to more jobs in a way that promotes health and nutrition as well as civic pride for what Atlanta has to offer.

Read more about how it works and download the app at Relay Bike Share.

 

[ MARTA Expansion Bill Dies Without Vote ]

MARTA’s proposed plans to expand in counties it services came to an end for this legislative session Thursday, disappointing pro-transit hopefuls. Senate Bill 330 died without a vote on the Senate floor.  The bill would have given voters in DeKalb and Fulton counties a choice to raise the 1% MARTA tax an additional half-penny to fund rail expansion in North Fulton and along the Clifton Corridor, along with bus rapid transit along I-20 East and helped fund additional rail lines in town.

Read More at Creative Loafing.

 

[ MARTA Expansion Funding Bill Before State Senate ]

Senate Bill 330, introduced by Senator Brandon Beach (R-21) last week, would allow for Fulton and Dekalb counties to collect an additional 1/2 cent sales tax to expand public transportation with within their jurisdictions. The counties of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton currently collect a 1 cent sales tax to fund MARTA operating costs.  Dekalb and Fulton voters can expect to see the referendum on the ballot in November 2016 or 2017.

Read more about the proposed bill at ajc.com.

http://commuting.blog.ajc.com/2016/02/04/lawmaker-files-substitute-marta-bill/

[ Earn $150 for Clean Commuting! ]

Starting November 1, Georgia Commute Options is boosting its incentive offer to metro Atlanta commuters, offering $5 a day (up to $150) to any new members who want to try to switch to a green commute!  All you have to do is register with Georgia Commute Options and take any of several “alternative” commute options, like carpooling, vanpooling, transit, biking, walking or telecommuting.  Learn more at GeorgiaCommuteOptions.org.

http://www.georgiacommuteoptions.org/