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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has approved its multi-billion dollar transit expansion plan

The $2.7 billion More MARTA Atlanta plan calls for more than 20 miles of light rail, increased bus rapid transit and eight miles of rail along Atlanta's BeltLine.


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Metro Atlanta's transit authority has unveiled its billion dollar plan to expand transit in the area. On Thursday, it sent a letter to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms outlining some proposals. 

The $2.7 billion plan is part of the transit authority's "More MARTA Atlanta" program.

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Transportation is a major issue on the minds of many metro Atlantans.

Several counties will be voting in the coming months on a Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, that could expand public transit beyond Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The municipality of Atlanta has its own decisions to make regarding transit.


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Wednesday morning, the Gwinnett County Commission approved a contract with MARTA and called for a transit referendum next March.

Voters will decide whether or not to join MARTA under the new regional transit agency "The ATL" and pay a penny sales tax to fund the expansion.

Tyler Estep is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's reporter covering Gwinnett County. He was at the meeting this morning and joined me via phone to talk about the vote.


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Atlanta After Major Bridge Collapse: Jump In Mass Transit

Apr 3, 2017
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Atlanta area commuters crowded aboard mass transit trains and fewer cars hit the road Monday as public schools went on spring break, easing fears of fierce gridlock after last week's fiery collapse of a key interstate bridge.

MARTA Army Mobilizes To Help First-Time Commuters

Apr 3, 2017
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Atlanta commuters trying transit for the first time in the wake of the I-85 bridge collapse last week will get some help from a local volunteer group.

Members of the MARTA Army--a grassroots transit advocacy group--will be posted around the metro area to help novice riders.

What MARTA Means For Home Values

Jul 5, 2016
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Many homeowners in the Atlanta area pay a premium to live in a neighborhood with convenient access to public transportation, but proximity to MARTA doesn’t translate to increased home values in every community.  A recent study by consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton reveals that home prices went up for residences on the south side of the city while north side home prices decreased the closer they were to MARTA.  We talk about how public transportation fuels th

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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has released its fiscal year 2017 budget, which calls for a further push into Clayton County and Wi-Fi on buses and in rail stations.  The spending plan includes for $439 million in capital expenses and $453 million in operating costs, but won’t raise fares.   

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Consider this Atlanta. Are you willing to pay a half-penny sales tax to expand MARTA?

That question will be answered when voters go to the polls in November.

MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe calls the upcoming vote “the most significant thing to happen to MARTA in its history.”

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Where Transit’s Going In Gwinnett County

Oct 19, 2015
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It was Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson had missed her bus.

“What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” MacPherson said.

She was one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.