Atlanta City Councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet Elected as New Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board Member for District 8

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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2022
 

Atlanta City Councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet Elected as New
Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Board Member for District 8

 District 8 includes parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties and all of Douglas County

ATLANTA – On March 16, 2022, the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) held a special election for Transit District 8. The seat was recently vacated by former City of Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms. Legislators representing the Transit District 8 overwhelmingly selected Atlanta City Council member Marci Collier Overstreet into the District 8 Board position.

Marci Collier Overstreet is a native of Atlanta currently serving as a member of the Atlanta City Council representing the citizens of District 11. A product of Atlanta Public Schools, she is a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School class of 1983 and furthered her education at Georgia State where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. With over 25 years of experience in service, volunteerism, and leadership, Overstreet is intensely dedicated to serving the citizens of the City of Atlanta.

“I’m pleased to welcome Councilwoman Overstreet, as the newly elected member for District 8,” said Board Chair Charlie Sutlive. “I look forward to working with her along with returning Board members to continue improving transit and mobility options within the metro Atlanta area.”

District 8 includes parts of Cobb and Fulton Counties and all of Douglas County. Municipalities included are Atlanta, Austell, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, Douglasville, East Point, Fairburn, Palmetto, Smyrna, South Fulton, Union City, and Villa Rica.

The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit in the 13-county metro Atlanta region. Details regarding the ATL Board Election process and election results are summarized below.

ATL Board Election Process

The ATL is governed by a 16-member board. 10 of the 16 members represent 10 different “transit districts” that intentionally cross Metro-Atlanta County boundaries. Caucuses comprised of local elected officials and state legislators representing each transit district meet to elect their respective transit district’s board member. Per the ATL’s originating legislation, signed in 2018, individuals elected to serve on the ATL board must be a resident of their district and possess significant experience or expertise in a field that would be beneficial to the accomplishment of the function and purpose of the organization.

About the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority

The ATL was created by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for the metro Atlanta region. The ATL is responsible for developing the ATL Regional Transit Plan, as well as identifying and prioritizing the projects and initiatives required to develop region-wide transit. The ATL is also charged with creating a unified regional transit system brand. Effective July 1, 2020, the ATL was legislatively authorized to oversee the state’s Xpress regional commuter transit system and the Atlanta region’s vanpool system. The population of metro Atlanta is growing rapidly and projected to add an additional 2.5 million residents by 2040. The ATL is a critical step towards more efficient and effective transit and mobility in the region. For more information on Xpress and the ATL, visit https://atltransit.ga.gov/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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