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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.


Our panelists start by discussing Stacey Evans' new attack ad against her Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. The ad makes the case that Abrams "cut a deal" to reduce the HOPE Scholarship.

Next, polls indicate that Casey Cagle has built a comfortable lead in the hunt for the GOP race for governor. Will his campaign now focus on assuring they'll face the opponent they fear least in a possible runoff? And who would they choose? Our panel weighs in. 

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The 2018 legislative session wrapped up just after midnight last night.

I talked with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the winners and losers of this year’s legislative session.

  

RICKEY BEVINGTON: Let's start with hands free driving. What are the new rules that people are going to start having to obey?

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast gives legislative leaders the chance to lay out their priorities for the upcoming session.

This year, transportation took the spotlight. House Speaker David Ralston (R - Blue Ridge) announced plans for House leaders to back the creation of a commission to study how the state can better support its mass transit systems.

On a night that the national election results had her discouraged, Seattle resident Anne Johnson had at least one ballot measure to celebrate: ST3, which will raise the local sales tax in the Seattle-Tacoma area to help pump $54 billion into expanding the region's rail and bus systems. It passed by a wide margin.

"That is awesome, and we've put a lot of work into that, and I'm excited for the direction that that will take Seattle," says Johnson, who adds that the transit improvements will help people get to their jobs, to school and will have environmental benefits, too.

What MARTA Means For Home Values

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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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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.”