A Vote for Funding: Expectations, Past Realities, Future Need

Have you ever wanted more sidewalks, bike / Light Individual Transportation lanes, and safer streets in Atlanta? 

On May 24th, you will have the opportunity to vote on three ballot measures that will put over $460M over five years toward vital transportation projects in Atlanta, as part of an overall $750M infrastructure program. 

The last round of funding for projects was adopted before Atlanta created a Department of Transportation. Without accountable leadership, many people were disappointed with the results. 

This time around, the project lists appear better vetted from a cost perspective and were selected based on data reflecting safety, equity, and mobility guideposts of the ATLDOT strategic plan.

Last week, the City of Atlanta published a webpage with information about the ballot measures: City bond for infrastructure and sales tax for transportation (TSPLOST). 

Our 2022 policy and infrastructure recommendations called for the City of Atlanta to fund infrastructure projects that prioritize sidewalks & safe streets for people. Let’s see how that worked out. According to the City’s webpage, the $460M in proposed transportation investments include the following categories:

  • $196.5M for sidewalks and trails 
  • $108M for safe streets projects and protected bike lane projects 
  • $40M for bridges and bridge matching funds to secure Federal Infrastructure Bill Funds 
  • $32M for street repairs  
  • $10M for traffic & pedestrian signals 
  • $39M for overhead including engineering management services 
  • $31.5M for an inflation reserve fund to ensure projects can be delivered  
  • $3.2M for Georgia sales tax administration costs

So of the $460M in proposed transportation investments, there’s $196.5M for sidewalks and trails and $108M for safe streets projects and protected bike lane projects = 66%. 

Help ensure these projects are funded and hold elected and appointed officials accountable to build what they said they would build: remember to vote on May 24th.

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Or, check out these highlights of projects we're most excited to see built, including $148 Million for new sidewalks, sidewalk repairs, and ADA curb ramps, fulfilling promises on Cascade and DeKalb Avenues, Lee Street Trail, and South Boulevard, and $102 Million for safer street projects including some that have been on City lists for years.