MARTA Request to Provide Service Outside its Area Turned Down

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

The state House Transportation Committee Tuesday rejected a MARTA request to be able to contract to provide rail services in areas outside Fulton and DeKalb counties.  The request included a change to the MARTA law that would permit the transit agency to operate, construct or maintain rail services for counties or cities that do not currently have it.

The bill also switches the voting roles of the board representatives from the state Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transit Authority.  The board member from GRTA, which partners with MARTA, would have a voting role and the planning director of the DOT would be a nonvoting member.

The full state House and Senate will have to approve the changes.  It was MARTA’s request that it be allowed to contract with suburban counties and cities on rail services that stirred opposition.  The change in the law would allow MARTA to play a more substantial role if the Legislature creates a regional transit agency.

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