Alongside MARTA, Fulton To Decide On Transportation Projects

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A MARTA expansion bill that passed the Georgia Legislature late Thursday night sets the stage for Atlanta voters to direct tax money to the agency.

It would also allow the rest of Fulton County to direct a three-quarters of a penny sales tax to transportation projects, which could include transit.

County Commission Chairman John Eaves said he’s “ecstatic” the Legislature passed the bill.

“There are a lot of bridges in the county that have not been renovated, resurfaced, etc. over the past many years,” Eaves said.

He’s moderating the effort to approve a project list.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will likely be key in determining the project list in Atlanta for a potential half-penny sales tax.

He was excited Thursday night when the Legislature passed the MARTA bill.

“Making an investment in transit is about understanding the importance of the future. And we have to make a commitment now for the future needs that we will have, which will be shown to be satisfied by transit,” Mitchell said.

Some possible transit projects include BeltLine development and a heavy rail line into South Atlanta, but the deadline for the final list isn’t until this summer.