A list of 40 potential projects are being whittled down to a number the county can manage and afford over the next 30 years. Everything from a MARTA line expansion down Interstate 20 to establishing light rail or bus rapid transit routes in DeKalb is on the table.
Those 40 projects carry a $25 billion price tag, which is far outside of the scope of what the county can afford. Residents are also providing feedback about how to improve current services, such as by increasing connectivity between existing MARTA stations and bus routes.
If DeKalb were to implement a new one-percent transportation tax, it could provide $3.65 billion in revenue over 30 years. That tax would increases the county’s total sales tax to 9 percent.
According to the Transit Master Plan timeline, DeKalb’s cities will provide feedback on recommendations in June and July. The DeKalb County commission is scheduled to sign off on the final report in July.
Once the Transit Master Plan is complete, it will be used to coordinate projects and resources with the new regional ATL Board.