How can we redesign communities for transit?
No one likes living in a community where flooding, tire dumping or trash are present, yet many Atlanta neighborhoods experience this. Our city needs to be preparing for a resilient 21st century where waste is recycled, not littered in our communities.
FAST FACTS FROM THE EXPERTS
- The call for a Living Transit Fund - a portion of the newly authorize transportation tax that would be used to create TOD (transit oriented development) stuff like affordable housing near transit stations. This is a great way to increase MARTA ridership while also providing much needed affordable housing!
- MARTA has a policy of at least 20% affordable units at all of their new TOD developments - that is 20% of all the units at all those parking lots being converted to condos and apartments
- Transformation Alliance has a new scorecard to help people evaluate how equitable a development is. It is still in development but you can find it here and here.
- We need to envision a "spectrum of transit" that meets multiple needs. Rail is only a good investment in areas that want to be really dense and not all communities want that. Communities should think about who they are and what they want - density and tall buildings vs single family and more tree coverage - and line up transit options that help meet their vision.
WHAT SHOULD CANDIDATES KNOW?
- Transit and other transportation investment is great, but only if those that need it can afford to live near it!
- We need transportation options for those that live here and those that work or visit here - we don't just need to get from our house to our job, we also need to get to grocery stores and service providers.
WANT TO TAKE ACTION?
Use these fast, tweetable facts and downloadable graphics to ensure your friends, family, and even candidates know transportation matters for your future Atlanta.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS Accessible
FACT: 3 out of 4 metro Atlantans drive to work alone. The average commute is over 30 minutes.
FACT: Atlanta has an estimated 2,200 miles of sidewalks, many of them broken. over a 4 year period settlements for lawsuits over broken and dangerous walkways costs Atlanta $4.4 million!
FACT: Under current City of Atlanta law, most sidewalks and their upkeep and repair are the responsibility of private property owners like you!