Reminder for the People of Gwinnett County: Time is running out for us to vote on the MARTA transportation plans. On Tuesday, March 19, you can vote at your regular polling places.

Here are some facts you need to know and consider before casting your vote.

This is not a new issue. We voted back in 1993 and it was a resounding NO to send an additional 1 percent sales tax to MARTA to expand service to Gwinnett.

This time is different. Here’s how.

Over the past 26 years, our county’s population has grown substantially. It’s expected to increase from today’s estimated 920,000 to between 1.3 million and 1.5 million by 2040. Think about the increased congestion on our highways and streets, making it even more difficult to commute and travel than it is today.

We are not sending 1 percent to MARTA. We are committing 29 percent of the additional sales tax to MARTA. Part of that funding includes managing our existing bus service and expanding service inside Gwinnett. The rest of the money stays in Gwinnett for specific projects that have already been identified.

Gwinnett will have three seats on this board, so we will have a say in future MARTA decisions. This would be a legislative increase of Gwinnett representatives on the MARTA Board.

Will the added MARTA services make Gwinnett County a better place to live? I believe it will, and I encourage you to vote YES for this transportation project.

— Raymer Sale Jr.,

Duluth

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