The options which were considered in Atlanta included a 1 percent payroll tax, a 0.5 percent sales tax or a 1 percent sales tax or a 1 percent income tax. The state legislature voted for a 1 percent sales tax and free fare. Transit in Atlantia needed a great deal of planning: a legal plan, a financial plan to raise the money, a transit design plan for the rapid transit and the bus systems, a political plan and an informational plan, and an urban design plan. It was recognized that there was an opportunity for value capture by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as the rapid transit system is built. It is noted that urban design was the key to the building of the Atlanta transit system.

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    • This paper appeared in Transportation Research Board Special Report No. 181, Urban Transportation Economics. It contains proceedings of Five Workshops on Pricing Alternatives, Economic Regulations, Labor Issues, Marketing, and Government Financing Responsibilities held by Transportation Research Board. Sponsored by Office of the Secretary, Federal Highway Administration, and Urban Mass Transportation Administration of DOT; Environmental Protection Agency; and Federal Energy Administration.
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    • Hill, Terrell W
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM