A second pro-transit committee joins Gwinnett MARTA push

By Tyler Estep

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s environmental leaders plan to advocate in favor of Gwinnett County joining MARTA by activating tens of thousands of environmentally focused voters to go to the polls.

“We’re going to turn out the environmentalists,” said Ted Terry, a leader of “Yes to MARTA,” the second committee to register as an advocacy group for the March 19 special election.

Terry and Jeffrey Schoenberg, both high-ranking members of the Georgia Sierra Club, are listed as leaders of the Yes to MARTA committee on paperwork filed last week with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Terry, who is also mayor of the DeKalb County city of Clarkston and the newly christened vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, called the group a “progressive coalition.”

And while there will also be an economic justice aspect (in the form of advocacy for folks who may not have other means to get around), Yes to MARTA’s primary pitch will be about what Terry described as “taking 100 tailpipes at a time off the road.” Terry pointed out that transportation has surpassed power plants as the No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

Molly Bloom