Today Georgia’s House of Representatives voted on and passed a bill that could greatly expand public transportation in the metro Atlanta area–excluding Cobb.
House Bill 930 would provide tens of millions of dollars for transit expansion in a 13-county area and would potentially provide hundreds of millions of dollars more in local sales taxes devoted to public transportation. It passed the House by a vote of 162 to 13.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the bill would create a new board to oversee transit planning and construction in the region, and allow Gwinnett County residents to vote on whether to join MARTA later this year.
The House approved an amendment that stripped the bill of a provision that could have paved the way for a transit expansion in south Cobb County.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) currently services over 3.5 billion people throughout Atlanta and the surrounding cities. One of the top 10 transportation agencies in the United States, MARTA has been a staple to the community and a great economic driver for the city.
You can read the full story in the AJC here.