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SB 386, Atlanta-region Transit Link "ATL" Commission & Transit SPLOST

Municipal Impact Position Contact
Evaluating Tom Gehl, (678) 686-6247

Last Updated: 2/27/2018
Subject Area: Taxation | Transportation |
Resources: bill text
This legislation would create an Atlanta-region Transit Link "ATL" Commission administratively attached to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. The ATL Commission would be charged with developing a plan, in consultation with the metropolitan planning organization, to provide regional transit services under a unified brand. 

The ATL Commission would be comprised of eleven initial members, with the governor chairing the commission, including the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, the CEO of MARTA, the mayor and council president of Atlanta, chairs of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties, two mayors elected from Clayton and DeKalb counties from a caucus of mayors in each respective county. 

If other county jurisdictions pass a new Transit SPLOST or the MARTA tax, the chair of such county would serve on the board and a mayor elected from a caucus of mayors in such county.  

The new Transit SPLOST sales tax, levied at the rate of 1%, would be a special district and the tax would be used to "establish, enhance, and maintain or improve access to transit, including general obligation debt."  Once a county desires to call for a Transit SPLOST, the county would notify the ATL Commission which would prepare a list of transit projects within the county to be funded by the tax.  No tax could be imposed unless there is an intergovernmental agreement between the county and all of the cities in the county agreeing that the ATL Commission decides on the operator of non-rail based transit services and that MARTA operates the rail based services. 

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