This is not a good sign. The city of Atlanta’s big push to obtain transportation funding might have hit a roadblock, AJC reporter Ernie Suggs writes.
On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed presented 20 transportation projects and city council members balked, claiming the list does not address key issues for the city and they had no input, Suggs reports.
Creating more friction, Reed was expected to whittle the 20 projects, which would cost an estimated $6.9 billion obtained from 2012 referendum tax money set aside for transportation, to a workable number himself by Wednesday to submit to the state, Suggs writes.
“Whoever had the bright idea to circumvent the council may have doomed the council’s support for this,” council president Ceasar C. Mitchell said.
Meanwhile, MARTA is starting to think big after a brutal year of getting smaller, AJC reporter Ariel Hart writes.
New rail lines, bus lanes on highways, and new train and bus stations are among the things MARTA’s board want from a 2012 transportation referendum, Hart reports. That summer, metro Atlanta voters will go to the polls to consider a list of transportation projects that would be funded from a 1 percent sales tax to run 10 years.
Hart details MARTA’s wish list, which includes a new rail line from Lindbergh Station to Emory University at a cost of $685 million, in her story.
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