"In addition to the line to Emory, our money is being committed to projects that have not had a single public meeting. And rumors are swirling that Beltline transit may not even make it into the plan – at least not much of it. If that's true, it's fair to wonder if MARTA and other decision-makers have been listening all these years. Or maybe they don't remember. Or maybe they weren't here at the time. Or maybe they don't care."
He called on Atlanta voters and leaders to press for defined transit plans, which he said were key to bringing more affordable housing along the route. He concludes:
We know intuitively that without urgent investment in transit, the Beltline will become what everyone fears – a beautiful greenway flanked by gentrified neighborhoods for people who can afford the luxury of that choice. That's not what we wanted. That's not what we voted for.
It’s safe to say MARTA officials heard his message. Robbie Ashe, the transit agency’s chair, said he agrees that transit on the Beltline is important but had no further comment.