Starting my Atlanta BeltLine letter-writing campaign…

For those of you who support the Atlanta BeltLine & Piedmont Park in the face of the recent Amtrak developments, but find yourself lacking the time to sit down and write a letter to send to our legislators, I wanted to share the one that I will be putting in the mail tomorrow (and have already email to the Georgia DOT board members and submitted to Sonny Perdue). Feel free to use some or all of it if you like, and please write our elected officials and let them know how we Atlanta residents feel about the BeltLine and the future of our city’s transportation. (For the contact info our our reps, please scroll down to the bottom.)Atlanta BeltLine & BeltLine Partnership logo

Dear Congressman Lewis,
I am writing today to express my support for the Atlanta BeltLine, Piedmont Park, and the preservation of our intown neighborhoods, and my opposition to a high speed rail line going through the Northeast corridor. The Atlanta BeltLine project is a ground-breaking idea that is supported by the Regional Transportation Plan and Concept 3 Plan to bring mass transit relief to a city in desperate need of change. And thousands of Atlanta’s residents agree. We have shown our support for the BeltLine project through countless volunteer hours cleaning up our city, educating others through community outreach, and attending neighborhood meetings as active participants in the growth of our communities. While I agree with the need for improving and developing our regional and national rail systems, there are other alternatives for Amtrak’s high speed rail that do not involve debilitating historic neighborhoods and this historic project.

The BeltLine project is well underway with public and private partners having already made significant investments toward realizing its vision. Amtrak and the Georgia DOT, however, lack the funding and the specific plans to support their actions in attempting to acquire the Northeast rail corridor. Amtrak’s proposal also poses an unnecessary risk to the future of Atlanta’s transportation funding.

In addition to the threat to the BeltLine project, the Amtrak proposal also threatens one of Atlanta’s jewels – Piedmont Park. To put a high speed rail line (along with massive right of ways, protective barriers put up to keep pedestrians out, and the amount of pollution) would defeat the purpose of the park as a continuous, peaceful greenspace and divide it into two parts. A high speed rail line would also be incompatible with the proposed Trees Atlanta arboretum as well as all of the parks and trails to surround the BeltLine.

Please consider Atlantans’ quality of life and our wishes and desires when it comes to deciding whether to support the BeltLine or the proposed Amtrak high speed rail line. Those of us who so strongly support the BeltLine are clearly accepting of the advancement of public transit, we just want it to be in the best interest of our city and our parks and neighborhoods.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely
Jenny Pittam

Governor Sonny Perdue
http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html

U.S. Congressman John Lewis
The Equitable Building
100 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1920
Atlanta, GA 30303

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
One Overton Park, Suite 970
3625 Cumberland Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30339

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss
100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1340
Atlanta, GA 30339

Representative Mary Margaret Oliver
150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 230
Decatur, GA 30033

Senator David Adelman
P.O. Box 1231
Decatur, GA 30031-1231

Georgia Department of Transportation Board Members:
eosmon@dot.ga.gov
(Note: address letters to Georgia Department of Transportation Board Members collectively and the Board secretary will forward a copy of your email to each)

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One Response to “Starting my Atlanta BeltLine letter-writing campaign…”
  1. Mandy says:

    Jenny
    Thank you so much for being proactive and supportive of the City’s green endeavors. We couldn’t do it without people like you!

    Sincerely
    Mandy Schmitt
    Director of Sustainability
    City of Atlanta

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