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Atlanta Streetcar

Will voters decide to double down on the Atlanta Streetcar?

Streetcar boosters believe the referendums, if approved, could shift the conversation away from its early troubles. When the first trolley rolled out in December 2014, the project was already more than a year and a half behind schedule, and construction costs had ballooned from an estimated $69 million to more than $98 million, with federal grants covering less than half the price tag.
Bucky Johnson

Meet the Other Mayors: Bucky Johnson, Norcross

As mayor of this Gwinnett County city of 16,000, Johnson has chaired the Atlanta Regional Round­table and pushed the $7 billion transportation tax measure (T-SPLOST) that metro Atlanta voters ultimately rejected in 2012. He won his fifth two-year term in November.

Meet the Other Mayors: Vanessa Fleisch, Peachtree City

Elected in a December 2013 runoff, Fleisch, a former CNN producer, became the first female mayor of this Fayette County planned community of 35,000, best known for its network of golf cart paths.

Todd Long to Steve Brown: Simmer down about the match penalty; plus other T-SPLOST tidbits

Members of the Georgia Institute of Transportation Engineers convened today at the East Roswell Recreation Center to hear a T-SPLOST debriefing from two senior GDOT officials, deputy commissioner Todd Long and engineering director Russell McMurry. The group of engineers from private firms and local governments across metro Atlanta meets monthly, usually at Mary Mac's, and demonstrates that regionalism is alive in at least one arena.
Where it all went wrong MARTA T-SPLOST transportation MARTA compromise of 1971

Where It All Went Wrong

Like ghosts rising out of a Confederate cemetery, Atlanta’s past lapses in judgment haunt the region today, leaving a smoky trail of suburban decay, declining home values, clogged highways, and a vastly diminished reputation.

Tweets of the Day: July 31, 2012—TSPLOST Edition

Today, Georgians took to the polls to vote on a transportation tax referendum. It's a contentious issue. So contentious that it was a trending topic for the metro area this morning. Here's what the electorate (and beyond) had to say:

Guest Commentary: Cathy Woolard on why T-SPLOST will get Atlanta back on its feet

"Over the last fifty years, metropolitan Atlanta overlooked neglected but valuable urban land in search of easy development in surrounding forests and farmland. More recently, the negative effects of urban sprawl have led to new development in in town Atlanta. But without providing an adequate public transportation system for our growing in population, congestion and pollution will diminish our cherished quality of life.

Can I have less democracy, please?

When I go to my local DeKalb County polling place one week from today (July 31 - mark your calendars, please), I will find two categories of votes to cast:

Come one, come all to Atlanta magazine’s T-SPLOST tweetup

On July 31, the ten-county Atlanta region will vote together for the first time on a penny sales tax for transportation improvements. If approved, the tax will raise $8.5 billion over ten years to fund a very specific list of road and transit projects.

T-SPLOST project spotlight: Save GRTA Xpress and save your soul

Anyone who rides MARTA semi-regularly knows to keep eye contact to a minimum and avoid conversation except in the direst circumstance ("Is this Doraville or North Springs?"). It’s not rudeness. It’s just the way one behaves on public transit.

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