ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Georgia House of Representatives has approved major changes to how metro Atlanta’s public transit system is governed and operated.

If House Bill 264 becomes law, MARTA would have to privatize many services, from payroll and human resources to technical support. The MARTA governing board also would shrink from 18 members to 11, giving more influence to areas outside the city of Atlanta. It would also set lower debt limits on the transit system.

The bill passed on a largely Republican party line vote.

The chamber also approved a separate bill that would give MARTA more flexibility on how it spends revenue from a penny sales tax imposed in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Current law requires that half of the money go to capital improvements.


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