Next stop on this train … Clayton County.

At least that’s what the south Atlanta metro county commissioners are trying to do by putting a MARTA referendum on the ballot in November.

The commissioners hope that Clayton County residents will vote for a half-cent tax increase to have the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority services extended into the beleaguered area. Citizens have turned out in large numbers at recent public meetings to express support for moving metro Atlanta’s heavy rail and bus service beyond Fulton and DeKalb counties for the first time in its existence.

As it stands now, the metro county is the only one connected to Atlanta that does not have local bus service. It is also the county with the the highest percentage of households without a vehicle.

County commissioners said the move would require a sales tax increase. They will also have to decide the extent of a tax hike.. A full penny hike would finance rail and bus service; a half penny pays for buses only.


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