Nine months of forums, ad campaigns and rallies will come to an end next week as voters in metro Atlanta decided on a 1 percent sales tax for transportation.
“Every single day in metro Atlanta 38 percent of individuals cross a county line,” said Dan Reuter, land use chief for the Atlanta Regional Commission, during a June forum. “Sixty-eight percent of [those who] go to a job cross a county line. That’s one of the clearest reasons we have a regional transportation referendum.”
The Atlanta Regional Roundtable, composed of representatives from Atlanta and a 10-county region, voted on a list of $6.14 billion of regional transportation projects after seven months political maneuvering.
Of that amount, there are $1.1 billion in proposed DeKalb County projects, including a $700 million Clifton Corridor MARTA rail that would run from Lindbergh Center to Emory University and a