REP. McKINNEY OBTAINS $1.5 MILLION MORE FOR DEKALB'S
LIGHT RAIL STUDY
JULY 28, 1997
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-4th-GA) has
secured much needed federal funding for the enhancement and
continuation of MARTA's study into the feasibility of a light rail
line connecting North and South DeKalb. This time Congresswoman
McKinney was able to persuade her U.S. House colleagues to spend $1.5
million to advance what she describes as a "quality of life" study.
This review of ways to reduce traffic congestion in the 4th District,
which has been underway since May, was fueled by $661,000 in federal
funds obtained by Rep. McKinney last year.
"This is federal money that will be well spent because the study is
destined to improve how we live and breath," Congresswoman McKinney
maintains. "Transportation for the Fourth Congressional District has
become a quality of life issue. Traffic congestion is adding greatly
to Atlanta's poor air quality. Building more highways, widening I-285
or widening roads through our quiet neighborhoods is certainly not the
answer. We must look closely at other forms of alternative
transportation such as monorail, light rail or express buses.
The three year study -- MARTA officials say the first phase will be
completed in March 1998 -- is intended to seek citizen input on
possible transportation alternatives to help alleviate the troublesome
traffic congestion from South DeKalb College, up to the Emory
University and Druid Hills community, over to the Lindbergh MARTA
"The results of the study are not in," Ms. McKinney asserts. "The
people have not yet spoken. The preference of the electorate is as
yet undetermined. I have no preconceived notion as to what is best to
help take single driver cars off our streets, to provide mass transit
to an under-served area and to improve the air quality for the
impacted neighborhoods. But one way or the other, I am confident that
acquiring the $1.5 million for this all important study will soon
spell relief for the 4th District."