Will Trump’s budget scuttle Atlanta transit projects?

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Will Trump’s budget scuttle Atlanta transit projects?

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Commuters purchase rides at Breeze Card stations at North Springs MARTA Station in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, April 10, 2017. MARTA trains have been busy since the March 30 collapse of a section of I-85. But President Trump’s proposed budget could jeopardize MARTA expansion plans. (DAVID BARNES/DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today, metro Atlanta leaders have big plans for expanding MARTA and other transit options over the next two decades. But those plans could be in jeopardy under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.

The president would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program except for projects that have already been approved for full funding. The idea, according to the budget: “Future investments in new transit projects would be funded by the localities that use and benefit from these localized projects.”

Metro Atlanta officials are counting on some $3 billion from that program to help pay for a slew of transit projects between by 2040. Among them are several MARTA expansions, a Cobb County bus rapid transit line and expansions of the Atlanta Streetcar and Beltline.

Is your favorite transit project on the list? You can learn more about the president’s budget and the projects that could be affected here.

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