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Friday, September 16, 2011

Rally for rail now!

An important message from Emory University Governmental and Community Affairs:

As the deadline fast approaches for the final vote on the transportation project list, it is critically important to continue to contact the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) regional roundtable officials to ensure the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI) remains on the final list of transportation projects at the recommended $700 million level.

As you may know, the full roundtable will vote on October 13 to approve the final list that will then become the projects receiving funding if the Transportation Investment Act passes next year.

Additionally, there are regional forums scheduled in all 10 ARC counties to hear from residents about the recommended projects on the draft lists selected for each county. DeKalb County will hold its forum on Wednesday, September 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the Manual Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Our elected officials in DeKalb need to hear from you and know there is strong support for the Clifton transit project, as there still could be revisions made to the list. Community input at this juncture is vital. We strongly urge you to participate in the forum September 28, either in person or online, and to take the brief survey found on the ARC website. The survey lists all projects on the draft list being considered. You may vote for any projects you wish to support throughout the region.

In addition to the Clifton Corridor transit project (#TIA-M-028 on the list), two other projects important to Emory are a replacement bridge on Clifton Road and associated realignment of Haygood Road (#TIA-DK-021) and bike and pedestrian improvements from Decatur to Clifton (#TIA-DK-007). You have until October 5 to take the survey, so please take a few minutes to do so now.

A list of the Roundtable members with email addresses can also be found on the above link. Please send a note to all members right away and urge their support for a transit option in the Clifton Corridor.

For additional information, please contact Betty Willis at 727-5312 or email: betty.willis@emory.edu

--Betty Willis, senior associate vice president for Governmental and Community Affairs

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