April 12, 1999
Volume 51, No. 27
Chace states Emory's position on MARTA rail service to campus
Emory University has for some time welcomed the possibility of expanding MARTA rail service in DeKalb County--indeed, we contributed funds in 1999 toward a MARTA study of public transportation alternatives to better serve our county. Now that MARTA has released results from the South DeKalb-Lindbergh Corridor Major Investment Study for public comment, DeKalb residents have asked the University to clarify its position on MARTA's proposed routes.
Emory's intent is to serve as a "good citizen" of DeKalb County by supporting our fellow residents in creating a healthy and vital community, particularly in managing and alleviating traffic congestion and pollution within our own immediate neighborhood. With this overall goal in mind, here's what Emory endorses in regard to MARTA expansion:
For the past year and a half, Emory has met with DeKalb County community/neighborhood, government and business leaders to discuss ways to alleviate traffic congestion and pollution in our area, including public transportation options.
Residents who attended the recent MARTA public forums, however, made it clear that there are significant issues that must be addressed regarding rail expansion in their neighborhoods. We fully appreciate these concerns and encourage residents--as we have urged members of our own campus community--to make their opinions known to MARTA.
MARTA should be expanded in DeKalb County, for only if residents are given access to public transportation will we alleviate our ever-increasing traffic congestion and pollution problems. Now is the moment for us to reach consensus as a community.
--President Bill Chace
April 6, 1999