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Reports: Plans to expand MARTA in DeKalb rejected by Legislative committee

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Reports: Plans to expand MARTA in DeKalb rejected by Legislative committee

A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips
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A MARTA train passes over the mural at the corner of Dekalb Ave. and Arizona Ave. on Thursday, April 17, 2014. File Photo by Jonathan Phillips

Legislation calling for a sales tax vote to expand MARTA in DeKalb County, similar to a tax recently approved by city of Atlanta voters, has been rejected by a state Senate committee.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the bill was defeated by a 3-4 vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. If it had been approved, it would’ve allowed for vote on a half-cent sales tax to expand MARTA’s reach in DeKalb County.

State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, was opposed to it, according to both publications, because he said DeKalb needs to fix roads and bridges and because he was opposed to having a higher sales tax in DeKalb County.

The sales tax bill for MARTA that was passed by Atlanta voters is expected to generate $2.6 billion in revenue over the next 40 years. The possibility of some of that money going to pay for a the Clifton Corridor light rail project enticed Emory University to consider filing a petition to annex into the city of Atlanta.

To read the Atlanta Journal Constitution story, click here.

To read the Atlanta Business Chronicle story, click here.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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