End of MARTA? New Regional Transit?
Some metro Atlanta leaders hope that a new regional transit authority will be in their near future, but it will require action from lawmakers and a possible sales tax hike for some. Many leaders, including Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos, are pushing for the idea of a regional transit authority but she says it’s important for all counties to pay the same price to support the service. Galambos says it is unfair for Fulton and Dekalb counties to pay an extra one cent sales tax to fund MARTA. Next summer, voters will be asked to approve a referendum that would allow regions to add a penny sales tax to spend on a number of transportation-related projects submitted by governments across the state. MARTA CEO Beverly Scott supports the idea of regional transit because metro Atlanta is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to transit.