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Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Passage of SB 369

Post Date:03/25/2016 4:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Passage of SB 369

ATLANTA –  "I want to express my sincere appreciation for Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, whose leadership and hard work made this achievement possible, and Representative Calvin Smyre for his tremendous contributions.

I also want to thank Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker David Ralston and the entire General Assembly for their support and collaboration on this legislation.

This bill allows us to go to voters for approval for what will be the largest expansion of MARTA in the system’s history. Atlanta residents have made their wishes known, overwhelmingly supporting the T-SPLOST, then voting by a margin of more than 80 percent for the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond to upgrade transportation infrastructure. Atlanta’s residents want transit solutions that offer access to full economic and social participation in the life of our city.

By focusing on expanding the MARTA system through light rail along the Atlanta BeltLine and in other parts of our city, we will address last-mile connectivity, making this a transit system that works for everyone, for every day. Atlanta stands alone among major cities in our region with our heavy rail infrastructure. By adding light rail, we will build a system that will sustain our city’s growth for decades to come.

The City of Atlanta is the cultural and economic capital of the Southeast. I believe the passage of this bill will mark a turning point for our city – a point where we chose to take control of our future."


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