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MARTA is considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It's an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?

Gwinnett County citizens voted against joining Metro Atlanta’s Transit Authority Tuesday night.

Nearly 92,000 voters turned up at the polls for the special election and 54 percent of them voted no on the referendum.

It would’ve allowed the county to create a 1 percent sales tax for the next 30 years to fund public transit expansion and join into the MARTA system. County officials said that could've created $5.4 billion in funding. 

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Voters in Gwinnett will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on whether they want to join MARTA. The vote is required after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 930 into law last year, allowing the 13 metro-Atlanta counties to decide on buying into the system.

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Cobb Commissioners approved changes to CobbLinc Tuesday. It’s the county’s public transit system.

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At last week's State of MARTA address, MARTA CEO Jeff Parker called for a $100 billion investment in public transit over the next 40 years. GPB's Ross Terrell attended the event and joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the future of transporation.

Terrell said MARTA could expand into Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton and Rockdale counties, dependent upon local votes for an expansion. Gwinnett County plans to vote on a ballot referendum on March 19 that could expand MARTA into the area. MARTA will also undergo a name change and be known as "The ATL" in the future.

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Metro Atlanta's Transit Authority wants to invest $100 billion in public transit improvements as part of its 40-year plan.

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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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The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts Gwinnett County will become Georgia’s most populous county by the year 2040, outpacing Fulton county with nearly 1.4 million residents. The county is launching a study to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the area.