Gwinnett County Transit bus file photo

A rider boards a Gwinnett County Transit bus at the county’s Transit Transfer Center at Gwinnett Place Mall in this 2018 file photo. The Gwinnett Chamber announced its Board of Directors has voted to endorse passage of the county’s transit referendum in November.

The Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce is once again asking voters to support the passage of a transit referendum in the county.

The chamber’s Board of Directors has voted to endorse passage of the referendum that will appear on Gwinnett ballots in November. If the referendum passes, a special, 30-year one-cent sales tax will be levied to pay for transit expansion projects.

“Concerning Gwinnett’s economic potential, the development of transportation alternatives is essential for retaining and attracting new and expanded businesses and high-paying jobs,” Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Nick Masino said in a statement.

“The development of a robust transit system gives our county regional connectivity, greater access to top workforce talent, and improved mobility throughout the county where our residents have the enhanced ability to live, learn, work, and play.”

The chamber previously endorsed passage of the failed MARTA referendum in March 2019. Unlike that vote, however, this time, the county is mostly looking to expand the existing Gwinnett County Transit system with additional bus service, including more local, express and paratransit service and the establishment of bus rapid transit routes.

The plan does include an extension of heavy rail from MARTA’s Doraville station to at least the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor. That extension would be run by MARTA which, under state law, is the only agency allowed to operate any new heavy rail in metro Atlanta.

Early voting is scheduled to begin Oct. 12, and the transit referendum is one of two tax items appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot in Gwinnett. The other is an education special purpose local option sales tax for Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools.

The chamber’s Board of Directors has endorsed passage of the E-SPLOST as well.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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Nick Masino

The expansion plan would add bus routes throughout the county, build several BRT routes, and extend the MARTA rapid transit system into the county. MARTA would only operate the rail line, which would have one station in the county; the county would continue to operate the bus system and BRT itself or choose a provider to operate it.

getoverit

“Concerning Gwinnett’s economic potential, the development of transportation alternatives is essential for retaining and attracting new and expanded businesses and high-paying jobs,” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, what a joke and you notice that at the VERY END there is a note about marta, slick but we the people aren't stupid. SAY NO

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