MARTA Accused of ‘Stealing’ Two Hundred Million Dollars From Black Community

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Atlanta Councilwoman Marci Overstreet who represents the 11th district joined The Rashad Richey Morning Show to discuss a recent presentation where MARTA officials appear to have abandoned their previous commitment with Black residents on the Cambellton Road corridor. According to Overstreet, MARTA promised that 317 million dollars of tax payer money would go towards building light rail services for the community, but in a recent report, MARTA only allocated roughly 120 million, nearly a 200 million dollar difference.

In 2016 the City of Atlanta voted and agreed to increase taxes by half a penny for enhanced MARTA rail services, specifically 317 million dollars for light rail on Cambellton Rd.

Overstreet says, “We were sold at council during 2018 on the prioritization chart” The prioritization chart in question is what MARTA leadership took to every quadrant around in the city.

Even former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called out the transit agency via Twitter and accused them of not honoring their commitment.

Many on social media have weighed in and said MARTA’s actions equate to “stealing” from both the Black community and voters who voted in good faith for the sales tax increase.

Audacy will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they develop.

Councilwoman Overstreet will be hosting a public town hall meeting: Tuesday February 8th 2022 located at M.T Carmel Baptist Church 2755 Campbellton RD SW.

FULL INTERVIEW HERE: 

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Dr. Rashad Richey is an Emmy nominated television commentator, TV Anchor for 'Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey', and Political Analyst for The People's Station V-103 FM who was voted 'Best Talk Radio Personality in Atlanta' by readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and named 'Most Trusted Voice in Atlanta' by the Atlanta Business Journal. The Rashad Richey Morning Show always brings you relevant information, best debates, and most insightful interviews on radio. Tune in every weekday morning from 7am-10am on News and Talk 1380-WAOK, V-103FM (HD3), www.WAOK.com, or on the Audacy App.​