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Sales Taxes For MARTA And BeltLine Expansion Pass

A 40-year sales tax will fund MARTA expansion in Atlanta.
A 40-year sales tax will fund MARTA expansion in Atlanta.
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MARTA will expand in Atlanta, according to the city. Voters overwhelmingly approved a half-penny sales tax that will last for 40 years, and is intended to raise more than $2 billion. 

“It’s one of the best things we have in this city. It needs to be expanded. To be a great city we need a good transportation system,” said Louise Horney, who watched election returns at Manuel’s Tavern Tuesday night.

Buses will come more often and go more places, said MARTA CEO Keith Parker.

“It means we will start the planning process almost immediately to expand light rail in a number of places throughout the city,” he said. “And it certainly means that people should expect improvements in the overall look of the system.”

Atlanta voters approved another sales tax: four-tenths of a penny that will go towards transportation, including the BeltLine, sidewalk repairs and overhauls on some big streets.

A transportation sales tax in areas of Fulton County outside the city of Atlanta also appeared to have passed as of Wednesday morning. Funds from that tax will go towards infrastructure needs and addressing congestion, not towards transit.

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