Big Changes Could Come to Atlanta Transit in 2010

2010 may turn out to be a landmark year for public transportation in the Atlanta metropolitan area, with legislation that could let municipalities levy sales tax increases to help fund transit projects.

"On Jan. 14, Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has often stayed on the sidelines as others worked for transportation funding - or worked to defeat it - became the face of the battle to pass it. Together with developments in Washington, it makes for a head-turning moment for Atlanta transportation funding advocates.

But they're not pulling out the confetti just yet, especially after major funding proposals failed the past two legislative sessions. Whether the House and Senate can agree with Perdue on all-important details is yet to be seen. And even the most ambitious proposals on the table now may leave critical problems in limbo."

Governor Perdue is pushing the legislation to allow the sales tax increases throughout the state. This sort of tax increase could raise nearly $800 million per year for transportation projects in the Atlanta Metro area.

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