Georgia Senate passes transit bill

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate has approved its version of a bill to help expand mass transit across the Atlanta region. Senate Bill 386 would allow 13 counties to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes for public transportation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bill passed by a 51-4 vote.

A related measure, Senate Bill 460, was approved that would allow the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to contract with areas with governments outside its current service area to provide transit service. That vote, which passed by a 51-2 vote, also requires MARTA to rebrand itself with a new “ATL” transit system logo by 2023.

The state House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation earlier in the week.

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