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MARTA and TSPLOST Referenda

Get the Facts on the 2016 City of Atlanta Transportation Ballot Measures

On November 8, 2016, City of Atlanta voters have the historic opportunity to vote on the future of transit and transportation in the City.

maps - Renew Atlanta - MARTA - TSPLOSTThe Georgia General Assembly passed legislation this spring giving the City of Atlanta the ability to levy an additional ½ penny sales in funding for MARTA and transit expansion upon voter approval. The same legislation gave the City the ability to collect an additional 4/10 penny sales tax on the dollar in funding for transportation improvements upon voter approval.

If passed, the referendums will fund significant and expansive transit and transportation projects citywide. If both pass, the city’s sales tax will go from 8.0% to 8.9% – or an additional nine cents will be collected on every $10 purchase.

View a sample ballot here. The referenda are highlighted in the last section of the second page under “Special Election: City of Atlanta.”

MARTA Sales Tax

An additional half penny in sales tax revenue for MARTA could generate approximately $2.5 billion for transit enhancements over 40 years, not including possible federal matching dollars.

Impact on the Atlanta BeltLine

Revenue from the MARTA sales tax could go toward the following Atlanta BeltLine projects:

  • Construction of streetcar/light rail as outlined in the Streetcar System Plan, which includes the Atlanta BeltLine loop and several crosstown connector routes that intersect the BeltLine.
  • Up to four new rail stations along the Atlanta BeltLine (Armour Yard, Boone Boulevard, Murphy Crossing, Krog Street).

Other projects include enhanced bus service, expanded bus routes, and improvements to existing stations.

On the Ballot

“Shall an additional sales tax of one-half percent be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in Atlanta?”

More info is available on MARTA’s website:

Download the Expand MARTA Fact Sheet.


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

$65.9 million in tax revenue would be designated for the following:

  • The purchase of the remaining right of way and acquisition of easements for the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop
  • Additional trail lighting

Other TSPLOST projects include 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.

On the Ballot

“Shall an additional 0.4 percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion reduction?”

More information is available on the City’s website at

Download the City of Atlanta’s TSPLOST Fact Sheet