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The session of the Georgia General Assembly came to a successful end for MARTA in March with the passage of SB369. The bill will allow the City of Atlanta to vote for expanding MARTA by funding an additional half penny sales tax. This additional revenue would be used to fund bus and rail projects within City limits and allows for negotiation with Fulton County for an additional quarter penny sales tax for further expansion. This historic decision is an exciting first step towards expanding transit options throughout metro Atlanta and creating more opportunity for TOD. 

In 2016 we also look forward to celebrating our first TOD project groundbreaking. Significant progress is 
underway at several of our projects: King Memorial StationEdgewood/Candler Park StationAvondale StationChamblee StationBrookhaven/Oglethorpe Station and Arts Center Station. In March our Board of Directors voted to postpone the pursuit of TOD at the Oakland City Station for the opportunity of greater competition in the future.

Join us on May 19 at our annual Development Day to learn more about the status of these projects and hear from Stan Wall, Partner with HR&A Advisors, on best practices for maximizing TOD to create more livable places and connected communities. A formal invitation will follow soon. 

We continue our pursuit of programs designed to improve the rider experience. In partnership with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance we are implementing the En Route mural program, through which public art will be installed at our stations. Additionally, we are evaluating the expansion of the Fresh MARTA Market and will be soliciting bids for the introduction of ATMs in our stations.

Improving last mile connectivity and access to our stations, particularly for pedestrians and bicyclists, is also a priority. Through our Station Access Program we are implementing mid-block pedestrian crossings, rehabilitating sidewalks, installing new bicycle facilities and upgrading wayfinding signage thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

We look forward to partnering with you to implement our vision to create transit oriented communities that connect people to opportunities, drive sustainable community development and promote regional prosperity.

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King Memorial Station TOD

Development Partner: Walton Communities
Proposed Development: The development program currently includes approximately 370 multifamily units, 20% of which will be set aside for affordable housing, and approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
Project Status: Staff is working with the Federal Transit Administration to conduct a Section 106 review. Section 106 of the National Preservation Act of 1966 requires consideration of historic preservation in projects with federal involvement to ensure that preservation values are factored into federal agency planning and decisions. This review process should be complete in 2Q 2016. Once this process is complete environmental remediation can commence. 

Edgewood/Candler Park Station TOD

Development Partner: Invest Atlanta and Columbia Ventures/Columbia Residential
Proposed Development: A mixed-use development centered around greenspace that provides for increased connectivity to the surrounding community. Phase I is slated to include approximately 224 apartments, including 10% affordable units, and 26,000 square feet of commercial and performing arts space.
Project Status: Negotiations have been finalized with the developer and construction is expected to commence following Federal Transit Administration approval in 2016. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Avondale Station TOD

Development Partner: Development Authority of the City of Decatur and Columbia Ventures
Proposed Development: The project is slated to include approximately 377 apartments, including 92 affordable senior independent living units, 34 condominiums, 41,500 square feet of commercial space and 25,000 square feet of institutional space. The site plan features a central plaza which will serve as an amenity for residents, transit riders and the surrounding community.
Project Status: In March project approval was received from the Federal Transit Administration, a major project milestone. Funding has been awarded from the Atlanta Regional Commission for the required replacement parking and bus bays. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station TOD

Development Partner: Brookhaven City Center Partners, a joint venture of Transwestern Development Company and Integral
Proposed Development: The multi-phase project is slated to include approximately 126 senior affordable apartments, 560 to 580 market rate residential units, 40,000 to 60,000 square feet of retail space, 120,000 to 400,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 to 40,000 square feet of civic space.
Project Status: Negotiations on the Term Sheet are underway. MARTA hosted a City-wide forum and meetings in each City Council District in February and anticipates additional community meetings once project due diligence is complete. Meetings are being held with regional transportation stakeholders to assess impacts on traffic and identify potential mitigations. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum.

Chamblee Station TOD

Development Partner: Trackside Partners, a joint venture of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and Parkside Partners Inc.
Proposed Development: Phase I of the project will include 50,000 square feet of class A office space and street-level retail. Pattillo Industrial Real Estate will anchor Phase I of the project with their new corporate headquarters. Phase II will provide an additional 30,000 square feet of commercial space. The project is located on 2.16 acres across the street from the Chamblee Station.
Project Status: Negotiations on the Term Sheet are final. MARTA and the development partner are working to schedule a community forum to share project plans and solicit feedback. Construction is slated to commence 3Q 2016. Visit our project page to view renderings and plans, see updates from the development team, review the timeline, and ask questions on the site’s public forum. 

Arts Center Station TOD 

A Request for Proposals ("RFP") was released on May 5 for the redevelopment of 6.2 acres at the Arts Center Station. The property includes the station, a kiss ride parking lot and open space which will be conveyed to the awardee through a ninety-nine (99) year ground lease or air rights lease. The intent of this RFP is to identify development partners to convert the entire property into a high-quality, mixed-use, transit oriented development, consisting of residential, retail, office and hotel components. 

Proposals were received on September 3 and are under review by MARTA's Source Evaluation Committee.

Oakland City Station TOD

A Request for Proposals ("RFP") was released on August 31 for the initial phase of development at the Oakland City Station on the closed 3.7-acre surface parking lot. MARTA received one proposal in response to the RFP. After careful review and evaluation it was determined that the proposal was not in MARTA’s nor the community’s best interests.

The primary desire voiced by the community throughout the community engagement process was for the development of neighborhood-serving retail and market rate housing, neither of which were included in this proposal. Furthermore, the recently completed Oakland City/Fort McPherson Livable Centers Initiative Study and Master Plan identified the Oakland City Station as a key community node that has potential to become a village center for the community, providing civic and neighborhood services including neighborhood retail, community center, senior center, etc. Development of the MARTA parking lots in the near-term may forego higher-density catalytic development opportunities in the future. 
Based on these concerns, on March 3 the Board of Directors voted to reject the single proposal received, cancel the solicitation and wait to pursue a TOD at this station at a more favorable time in the market.

En Route Mural Program

MARTA has partnered with WonderRoot and the TransFormation Alliance to launch En Route, a community-based public art project that creates meaningful, aesthetically imaginative, high quality, text-based murals that explore issues of access, mobility and public transportation. Fahamu Pecou will create four murals throughout the rail system; the first installation will be at the King Memorial Station, followed by Oakland City Station, Hamilton E. Holmes Station, and a station to be named on a later date.

Community meetings have begun for the King Memorial, Oakland City and HE Holmes murals. Implementation of the King Memorial mural will begin in spring 2016.

Fresh MARTA Market 

October 30 was the final day of the West End Station Fresh Produce Initiative, a program created to provide customers and West End residents with improved access to fresh produce in a convenient and attractive location. The Fresh MARTA Market offered a wide variety of affordable fruits and vegetables such as kale, carrots, cucumbers, mint, okra, tomatoes, basil, squash, apples and blueberries. The market served over 2,000 customers who purchased more than 600 pounds of produce each week. 

MARTA is surveying patrons and collecting data to evaluate the expansion of this program to other rail stations.

Station Access Program 

In October 2015 MARTA received a $1,025,000 grant through the Federal Highway Administration's Last Mile Connectivity Program. The purpose of the grant was to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the MARTA system, thereby increasing last mile connectivity. 

To date, several projects have been implemented. In coordination with Central Atlanta Progress and Midtown Alliance, new sidewalk decals have been installed in Midtown and Downtown directing people to stations. Phase 1 of the decals are now installed around Arts Center, Midtown, North Avenue, Civic Center, Peachtree Center, 5-Points and Garnett Stations. Phase 2 will include decals directing pedestrians to stations within the Buckhead CID, Perimeter CID and near the Atlanta University Center. Additionally, new bike racks have been installed within the fare gates to improve convenience and security. Sixteen stations with high bicycle traffic and near-term TOD projects were prioritized in Phase 1. The remaining stations will be upgraded in Phase 2.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta improvements have also been made to the Grant Street tunnel, including upgraded lighting and drainage repair. Planned improvements include installation of five additional catch basins, a grated trenching system along the sidewalk under the CSX overpass and new sidewalks. This project will significantly improve the pedestrian connection to the King Memorial Station from the south. 

Future projects also include a mid-block crossing on Hammond Drive at the Dunwoody Station, bicycle repair stations and other pedestrian improvements.

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