The AJC’s Andria Simmons brings us news that Clayton County will ask voters – and MARTA – to let them levy a half percent sales tax to fund bus service, but stop short of a full percent that would have included a rail option:
Clayton County commissioners, in a 3-2 vote, opted to let voters decide in a Nov. 4 referendum whether to fund MARTA service within the county by paying a half-penny sales tax. The half-penny sales tax is expected to generate about $25 million.
MARTA officials have said that’s not enough to fund a rail expansion. But it could revive robust bus service as early as next year in a county that has been lacking local public transportation since 2010.
It’s unclear if the MARTA board will approve the Clayton’s participation in the transit system without the same level of sales tax support that Fulton, DeKalb and the city of Atlanta contribute.
MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe told commissioners Tuesday he could provide no guarantees.
So, there’s the potential of expanding MARTA, but any short term expansion of the rail footprint will be in North Fulton, the Emory Corridor, or out I-20 toward Stonecrest Mall.