Gwinnett faces big question about MARTA, future of transit

This map from the Connect Gwinnett Transportation Plan shows a possible second expansion of heavy rail, or an alternative light rail line, in Gwinnett during a possible long-range phase II, which includes projects that would take more than 30 years to complete. This phase would continue a heavy rail extension from the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor to Gwinnett Place Mall. The alternative would be light rail line from Jimmy Carter to the Infinite Energy Center. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett faces big question about MARTA, future of transit

This map from the long-range phase I portion of the Connect Gwinnett Transit Plan shows approximate route a heavy rail extension would take from the Doraville MARTA station to a new multi-modal hub that would be built somewhere on the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor. (Special Photo)

To hold a vote on joining MARTA this year, or not to hold hold a vote on joining MARTA this year? That is the question Gwinnett County commissioners will have to answer in the next few months.

The metro Atlanta transit system, which serves Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties but was originally intended to serve Gwinnett and Cobb too, has been a presence looming in the background of conversations about transportation in Gwinnett in recent years.

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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