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$1.45 Million for 5th District in House Transportation Bill

July 25, 2007
Press Release

In a tight fiscal year, Rep. John Lewis secured these appropriations in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill for his District in this session of Congress.  They have been approved by the House and still need to be passed by the U.S. Senate to become law.




  • Acquisition of MARTA Clean Fuel Buses, Atlanta, GA: $300,000

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will complete acquisition of a 55 new clean fuel technology buses to replace aging vehicles in its fleet.  MARTA seeks to do its part to help alleviate traffic congestion in the Atlanta metro area by making mass transit more accessible, attractive and convenient to residents of the area.  The clean fuel bus program has been a key to meeting these goals.


  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens Construction of the Canopy Walk, Atlanta, GA: $150,000

The Atlanta Botanical Garden  will construct a Canopy Walk to make the 12-acre Storza Woods in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens more accessible to visitors.  ABG has already raised $8.2 million of the total $9.2 million towards the construction of the Walk. This project will broaden the Garden’s outreach to Atlanta public schools by giving students a unique proximity to woodland life.  ABG will also incorporate children’s programs about plants, habitats, and conservation into the programming of the Canopy Walk.   


  • Beltline Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Engineering, Atlanta, GA:  $ 300, 000

This funding will support the environmental impact assessment of the approved locally preferred alternative for the BeltLine project by initiating environmental work as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and commencement of preliminary engineering for the BeltLine project.  The largest and most comprehensive urban redevelopment project in the United States, the BeltLine transit component is expected to serve 45 neighborhoods along 22 miles of transit service through Atlanta’s urban core connecting to multiple existing MARTA stations and to the broader regional transit network.  


  • I-285 Bus Rapid Transit Project in Atlanta, GA: $500,000

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts are a self-taxing, non-profit business improvement district authorized by the Georgia General Assembly for projects related to economic development and transportation improvements in the business district.  Congestion relief along I-285 in the Atlanta Region is among the more challenging transportation issues in the United States.  The Atlanta Region is one of the most congested urban areas in the U.S., and it continues to grow at one of the faster rates of commercial and residential growth.  A corridor study indicated the feasibility of a bus rapid transit or light rail transit system running parallel to I-285 from US 41 on the west, to the MARTA North rail line and the Perimeter employment area, and from there to the I-85 corridor on the east.  Funds are needed in FY 2008 to assist the completion of environmental reviews and preliminary engineering for the project.   


  • Southern Fuel Cell Coalition Demonstration Project, Atlanta, GA: $200,000

The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) develops and promotes advancements in transportation technologies, vehicles, and fuels that reduce environmental pollution and fossil fuel dependency. In 2004, CTE initiated the Southern Fuel Cell Coalition, a member-based organization begun in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to promote and accelerate the development, demonstration, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell transportation technologies in the southeastern US.  Southern Fuel Cell Coalition initiative will continue to expand its membership in the South and will provide seed funding for five hybrid and fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure demonstrations through 2009. 

Morehouse School of Medicine will also receive $300,000 for Land Acquisition and Construction of the Medical School Campus.