Prof. Ross weighs in on Clayton County MARTA vote

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Clayton County is set to vote on Tuesday whether or not MARTA should be extended into their county. Supporters say, if the vote passes, Clayton residents will get not only bus service and eventually rail, but they potentially could change decades of regional economic imbalance and plant the seeds of prosperity. Opponents argue that a yes vote could mean more taxes and crime, without any guarantee that the millions coming from Clayton County will be spent in Clayton. “This is a huge deal,” said Catherine Ross, director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech. She is also deputy director of the National Center for Transportation Productivity and Management. “Joining MARTA could be a catalyst for development and redevelopment in Clayton County,” Ross said. “It’ll make people want to live there, move businesses there, shop and work there. That’s all economic development. What Clayton is doing is positioning itself to not only connect both north and south metro Atlanta but become a rail conduit for metro Atlanta’s link to Macon.”

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School of City & Regional Planning, CQGRD - Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development

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Community, Economic Development and Policy, Research
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catherine ross, Clayton County, MARTA, Ross, Transportation, vote
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  • Created By: Jessie Brandon
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  • Created On: Nov 3, 2014 - 7:29am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:27pm