Originally Posted by tascalisa
Oh I agree, when I said discrepancy I meant the possibility of it being spent outside the city limits. I know that here in Birmingham, if I voted to increase taxes in the city to spend in the county it would be a bit of a downer. I mean, there's the perk of a more unified region, but if it's MY city paying more money for transit in areas (more affluent areas, mind you) that aren't bearing the burden, I might be less inclined to vote for the tax.
Anyways, maybe this new funding will enhance transit in the core enough to encourage "outsiders" to support future funding.
Ah, makes sense. The current 1% MARTA sales tax (in Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties, including all of the city of Atlanta) can continue to fund transit in the region. The state spends *some* money on metro transit, mostly on express bus routes from the suburbs into major employment centers. This new proposed 0.5% tax would indeed be raised only in Atlanta and used only in Atlanta. I think it would still be very useful to suburbanites. People can take the MARTA heavy rail in from the big park-and-ride stations at the end of the lines, and then once they get in to town there will be more of those "last mile" transit options within Atlanta. In the future, this legislation leaves room for Fulton county (not including the city of Atlanta) to vote on up to 0.25% sales tax to fund commuter rail.
Originally Posted by eleven=11
what is the current sales tax in Atlanta?
It's at 8% right now. The maximum it can go to, by state law, is 9%. I think this will be palatable to people, as some nearby cities have sales taxes higher than this (9.25 in Nashville, 10 in Birmingham, etc).
Here is the current proposed 52-mile light rail / streetcar network. Much of the funding would likely fund some of this:
BeltLine Central Loop –
Bi-directional loop operation along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor
Crosstown Inner Loop –
Bi-directional onstreet and loop operation along Fair St/MLK Jr Dr/Luckie St/Auburn Ave/Edgewood Ave/Irwin St/Atlanta BeltLine corridor
Crosstown Outer Loop –
Bi-directional onstreet and loop operation along Northside Dr/Luckie St/Capitol Ave/Hank Aaron Dr/Atlanta BeltLine corridor
Crosstown Midtown Line –
Bi-directional on-street operation along DL Hollowell Pkwy/North Ave corridor between the East and West Atlanta BeltLine corridors
Crosstown Crescent Line –
Bi-directional on-street operation along Joseph E Lowery Blvd/Ralph D Abernathy Blvd/Georgia Ave corridor between the Southeast and West Atlanta BeltLine corridors
Crosstown Peachtree Line –
Bi-directional on-street operation along the Peachtree St/West Peachtree St/Peters St/Lee St/Campbellton Rd corridor between Greenbriar Mall and Buckhead