Georgia House OKs major transit bill

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ATLANTA – Georgia’s House of Representatives has passed a bill with the potential for significant expansion of mass transit in the Atlanta area.

Among features of the bill, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, are creation of a new board to oversee transit planning and construction within the region, and allowing an election for Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta, to vote whether to join MARTA, the regional transit system including a 48-mile rail system.

The Journal-Constitution reported House Bill 930 would “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."

The bill passed the House by a 162-13 margin. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill today.

The full Journal-Constitution report is available here.

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