DeKalb continues pushing rail projects

DeKalb County is continuing to push for additional funding for rail projects on the list of projects to be paid with a one-cent sales tax.

Chief Executive Burrell Ellis and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd have asked the list include less money for Ga. 400 improvements so that an extension of the MARTA rail can be made to Wesley Chapel Road. That project is projected to cost $522 million.

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts are also trying to find support for $10 million to complete a federal environmental assessment for a new transit line along I-285 between Doraville and Dunwoody.

A final list of projects is due Oct. 15, with voters deciding on the penny tax in a referendum next year.