The U.S. Department of Transportation passed over Cobb County for a $10 million federal grant that would have helped make improvements to U.S. 41, including dedicated bus-only lanes and technology that would allow bus drivers to control stop lights.
Critics said those improvements were tied to the county’s controversial plan for bus rapid transit — a claim county officials deny.
Dan Klepal is editor of the local government team, supervising nine reporters covering county and municipal governments and metro Atlanta. Klepal came to the AJC in 2012, after a long career covering city halls in Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky. He has covered Gwinnett and Cobb counties before spending three years on the investigative team.