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MARTA and TSPLOST Referenda
Thank you, Atlanta, for supporting the 2016 City of Atlanta Transportation Ballot Measures!
On November 8, 2016, City of Atlanta voters passed historic funding that will redefine our city’s future. As your implementation agent, we at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) thank you for your confidence in the vision and for your continued support as we move to make Atlanta a better place for everyone.
Passage of the TSPLOST and MARTA sales taxes are paving the way for significant improvements to mobility across the city of Atlanta. This opportunity was made possible through voters’ belief that Atlanta’s mobility plays an essential role in ensuring that our residents have full access to economic opportunities and that everyone can share in our city’s prosperity.
With passage of these referenda, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has purchased all of the remaining abandoned railroad corridor needed to build out the loop (see our announcements about the southside corridor and “Kudzu Line”). ABI is working in collaboration with the More MARTA Joint Prioritization Leadership Group (JPLG) on the funding and phasing of light rail transit on the Atlanta BeltLine – the centerpiece of the Atlanta BeltLine vision.
As stewards of these funds, ABI pledges to be accountable and transparent with the spending of every dollar. We need your help, input and advice all along the way and we ask for your continued engagement as we move forward through the process of implementation.
Below are details on each of the sales taxes. The City of Atlanta is currently collecting an additional ½ penny sales tax in funding for MARTA and transit expansion and an additional 4/10 penny sales tax on the dollar in funding for transportation improvements (TSPLOST). The city’s sales tax is now 8.9% – or an additional nine cents collected on every $10 purchase.
MARTA Sales Tax
An additional half penny in sales tax revenue for MARTA will generate approximately $2.7 billion for transit enhancements over 40 years, not including possible federal matching dollars.
Impact on the Atlanta BeltLine
Over $1 billion in revenue from the More MARTA sales tax will go toward the following Atlanta BeltLine projects:
Other projects include infill stations, enhanced bus service, expanded bus routes, and improvements to existing stations.
More info is available on MARTA’s website: www.itsmarta.com/moreMARTA
Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST)
An additional 4/10 penny in sales tax revenue will raise approximately $300 million over the five-year collection period. TSPLOST projects will directly serve 94% of Atlanta residents and 98% of the city’s jobs.
Impact on the Atlanta BeltLine
Tax revenue is being leveraged to purchase the remaining right of way and acquisition of easements for the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop, including:
Other TSPLOST projects include additional trail lighting, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, and high tech traffic signal optimization. Some of these projects improve access to the Atlanta BeltLine and making streets within the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
More information is available on the City’s website at www.atlantaga.gov/tsplost