Cobb County, Georgia Preparing a Transit Wish List

Cobb County has been enabled by the state to raise taxes to fund transit expansions. Early planning efforts are expected to face political headwinds in a region known for opposing both taxes and transit.
June 14, 2018, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The view of Atlanta from Vinings in Cobb County.
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"As Cobb County [Georgia] prepares for a possible transit expansion vote next year, it faces a long to-do list," according to an article by David Wickert.

It must complete a transit study and settle on a list of specific projects by the end of the year. It must get approval of that project list from a new regional board in early 2019. It must decide whether to call a countywide vote or limit transit expansion to a special district.

Cobb County's transit planning "binge" is made possible by a new state law, House Bill 930, approved in May 2018. According to another article by Wickert written at the time of the bill's approval, House Bill 930 "creates a new board to coordinate transit funding and construction across the region, and allows 13 the Atlanta region—Cobb County included—to raise sales taxes to pay for transit expansions."

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Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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