Georgia Lawmakers Approve Creation of Regional Transportation Authority

ATLANTA — Lawmakers in Georgia have approved a bill to create a new regional transportation authority.

The bill goes to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

House Bill 930 creates the s0-called Atlanta-region Transit Link — or the ATL. The regional transit governance structure would coordinate transit planning and funding and would oversee all Metro Atlanta transit activity, including planning, funding and operations.

This bill also aims to improve access to transit funding for the region from state and local sources, proponents say. The measure would preserve the current operational and funding autonomy of transit providers, such as MARTA.

HB 930 is a product of the House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding, which was established by House Resolution 848 to study Georgia’s transit needs and analyze ways for the state to plan and provide for those needs.

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