Courtesy MARTA

Atlanta City Councilmembers are hosting a series of community forums in August to educate residents and city stakeholders about the More MARTA Atlanta program and receive feedback on the proposed project list.

The first community forum will take place on Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fort McPherson, 178 Hardee Avenue S.W. It will be co-hosted by Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd (District 12), Marci Collier Overstreet (District 11), and Cleta Winslow (District 4).

“We want to hear from our residents,” said Sheperd. “These forums will give the community an opportunity to join more in-depth discussions and get updates as we prepare to roll out Marta transit projects across the city. We’re asking everyone to attend.”

City of Atlanta residents passed the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax in 2016. The funds will generate nearly $2.5 billion for transit expansion and enhancement projects over the next 40 years.

More MARTA Atlanta’s original project list was developed with public input and included more than 70 projects with an estimated price tag of $11.5 billion, which significantly exceeded the program’s sales-tax budget.

Atlanta residents unable to attend the scheduled community forums are encouraged to learn more about the program, review the project list and provide feedback online at www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.

Upcoming More MARTA Atlanta community forums:

Aug. 2

·        Time: 6–8 p.m.

·        Location: Fort McPherson, 1794 Walker Avenue S.W.

*Navigate to 250 Sayers St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 — Enter the Lee St. gate, then follow red arrows to Redevelopment Authority. If your GPS takes you to the Tyler Perry Studios gate next to the MARTA station, DO NOT ENTER, you’ll be turned around. Continue past their entrance to Lee Street.

·        Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Joyce M. Sheperd (District 12), Marci Collier Overstreet (District 11), and Cleta Winslow (District 4)

Aug. 9

·        Time: 6–8 p.m.

·        Location: MARTA Headquarters, 2424 Piedmont Road

·        Hosted by: More MARTA Atlanta

Aug. 15

·        Time: 6–8 p.m.

·        Location: To be determined

·        Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Carla Smith (District 1), Amir Farokhi (District 2), and Jennifer Ide (District 6)

Aug. 23

·        Time: 6–8 p.m.

·        Location: C.T. Martin Recreation Center (formerly Adamsville Recreation Center), 3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive S.W.

·        Hosted by: Atlanta City Councilmembers Andrea L. Boone (District 10) and Michael Julian Bond (Post 1 At-Large)

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.