MARTA proposes $5.5 billion tax measure

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ATLANTA — Representatives with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority are working with local lawmakers on state legislation that would provide funding for several rail projects in the Atlanta region.

The bill would ask voters in two counties to increase the sales tax enough to generate about $5.5 billion during the next several decades, according to an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The tax measure builds upon a similar initiative that started last year when the General Assembly passed a sales-tax bill to raise $2.5 billion for rail projects. That legislation was limited only to the city of Atlanta.

The new bill would encompass a broader region and would include Fulton and DeKalb counties, the article reports.

“What we’re looking for is to give Fulton and DeKalb the same thing Atlanta got in 2016,” MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe says.

Some of the projects that would be funded under the new legislation include a light rail line near the Clifton Corridor, an extension of MARTA’s North Line from Dunwoody to Alpharetta, and an extension of the agency’s heavy rail line east along Interstate 20.

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