Tuesday, May 22, 2012
On July 31, you'll be able to vote in one of the metro area's largest transportation initiatives. It also comes with a $6.14 billion pricetag. We ask: Will it improve your commute?
In roughly two months, many North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch readers will be able to cast their vote for or against one of metro Atlanta's biggest transportation initiatives, one that comes with a $6.14 billion pricetag. Several large projects would be headed for our community. There's the MARTA Clifton Corridor light rail of course. That's an interesting project. And a big chunk of the July 31 T-SPLOST referendum at $1.16 billion. There are also various road projects. But there's been some question over whether T-SPLOST will improve traffic in the area. What do you think? Take the poll below and explain your vote in the comments section.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"I'm convinced that we will not get this opportunity again," Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd said about the Clifton Corridor project, which will cross through the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd were among the participants in a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Emory to discuss the penny sales tax up for vote this summer. Voters in 10 Georgia counties including Fulton and DeKalb will decide in July whether to support regional transportation tax that would help pay for transportation projects around the metro area. Most of the projects would alleviate terrible traffic issues city-wide and bring more transportation options to areas that are lacking useful public transit. "We have the opportunity to do something about it," Ellis said about traffic in metro Atlanta. "It impacts us in so many ways." The Clifton Corridor project – a 10-stop light rail line that would …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A panel of local officials will discuss how the July 31 vote on the 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation projects will affect you.
Want to hear more local officials on how the regional July regional transportation referendum could affect you? You'll want to head to Emory University on Wednesday, April 25 then. They're hosting a discussion with a panel of local politicos regarding MARTA's $1.6 billion Clifton Corridor plan (formally adotped last week) and Atlanta's transportation future. Among the speakers: DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, MARTA CEO & General Manager Beverly Scott and Mike Alexander, chief of the Atlanta Regional Commission's research division. The discussion will be held at Glenn Memorial Church, 1660 North Decatur Rd. NE, Atlanta, from 6:30pm - 8pm. The referendum for a 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation will be…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
MARTA approved a new $1.16 billion line connecting Lindbergh Station and its Avondale station with several North Druid Hills-area stops in between. If built, we want to know, would you be a frequent user?
MARTA approved yesterday a $1.16 billion plan to build 8.8 miles of light rail between its existing Lindbergh Station and Avondale train stops. Also known as its Clifton Corridor plan. The new rail would whiz through the Emory area on its way with several stops in the North Decatur/North Druid Hills area, including Emory-Clairmont, North Decatur, Suburban Plaza and DeKalb Medical Center. It's a big, juicy, ambitious whopper of a transportation plan, and while MARTA's sign off is significant, this project has quite a few more approvals and hoops to step through before you're standing on a train platform. (Including a regional one-cent sales tax vote July 31 that would cover $700 million of the project's cost.) MARTA officials said yesterday…
Monday, April 9, 2012
Public comments at the Monday included praise for the proposed project
Residents and representives from neighborhoods that would be impacted by a proposed 10-stop light rail line addressed the MARTA board of directors Monday. Watch the videos above for the full comments. The 10-stop line in the Clifton Corridor would include service to Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control, two of the largest employers in Atlanta. Current public transportation options only provide bus service to the area. The board of directors approved the proposal on Monday afternoon. About $700 million of taxpayer money would go toward the $1.16 billion project if voters in July approve a penny sales-tax earmarked for transportation projects. The line would begin at Lindbergh and continue on to Cheshire Bridge, Sage Hill, …
The plan, which would lay new rail between Lindbergh Center and Avondale Estates – including several stops in North Decatur and North Druid Hills – could receive a $700 million jumpstart if voters approve a tax this summer.
MARTA's board of directors approved Monday a $1.16 billion plan to lay nearly nine miles of light rail between its existing stops at Lindbergh Station and Avondale, including several stations in the North Decatur and North Druid Hills area. The ambitious plan, which could take an additional eight years of planning and testing before construction begins, could dramatically change transportation in parts of the North Druid Hills area, which finds its major arteries choked with traffic during morning and evening rush hour. Details from the approved plan include 8.8 miles of light rail double track, including tunnels and elevated sections and 10 platforms at the following stops: The plan would also consider a Piedmont stop for transfer to the …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A planning committee will make a presentation to MARTA's board at 1:30pm on April 9. The presentation will cover proposed plans to connect the Emory/Clifton Corridor with Avondale's MARTA station with a light rail.
With potential development at Suburban Plaza and annexation discussions and, now, the possibility that MARTA may seek to build a big, honking light rail between its existing Lindbergh and Avondale stations – with stops along our community – makes the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community a bit of a development hotbed. If you want to see the details in full, you can next week. MARTA's planning staff is giving a full presentation April 9 at 1:30pm in MARTA's sixth floor board room, 2424 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta. And if you've got an opinion about the whole thing, they'll be taking public comments at that meeting as well. Here are some of the details about the $700 million proposal from MARTA's site: The alternative described below is …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The day's top headlines for Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
Atlanta Police Clear Woodruff Park, Arrest 53 Occupy Atlanta Protestors. MARTA Rep: 'We're At The End Of The Beginning.' Robbery Suspect Shot By Police. Avondale Estates Candidate Forum. Secret Service Makes Arrests In Counterfeiting Ring. State Senate Candidates Differ In T-SPLOST Support. Sandy Springs City Councilor: Support Transportation Referendum. Adrean: No Plan B For Transportation.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The day's top headlines for Monday, October 24, 2011
Bad Loans Outside DeKalb Brought Down Decatur First, Bank Chairman Says. Final Clifton Corridor Meeting On Tuesday. Stone Mountain Sorority Hosts Domestic Violence Vigil. Buckhead Traditions Celebrated At Party In The Pasture. Woodland Elementary Celebrates 40 Years. Southwest Atlanta Schoolchildren Shine In Community Parade. Photos Of The Dunwoody Music Festival. Little 5 Points Celebrates Halloween. Taste Of Atlanta Hits Midtown. Boy Scouts Host Pumpkin Patch At Briarcliff United Methodist.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The group has hired Perkins+Will to advise on proposed improvements to the Clifton Corridor and is looking for donations to pay for the service.