September 6, 2018 6:05 PM
The MARTA Board of Directors unanimously approved the contract with Gwinnett County. The historic contract would allow MARTA to take over and expand existing public transportation–including the likelihood of heavy rail coming into Gwinnett. From WSB-TV:
The development plan recommends building a rail line from the existing Doraville MARTA station to a new hub in the Norcross area and, perhaps, later extending it all the way to the Gwinnett Place Mall area. It also recommends bus rapid transit and greatly expanded local bus service.
The potential contract between MARTA and Gwinnett allocates 29 percent of the penny sales tax collected in the county over the first six years toward the takeover of Gwinnett’s existing transit system and toward maintenance and operations of the larger MARTA system.
The big hurdle now is public adoption through a referendum, stipulated in the contract previously adopted by the Gwinnett Commission, in March of 2019.