A MARTA train makes its way past Ga. 400 traffic in North Fulton. The Roswell City Council has asked the Legislature to authorize and fund a study of transit needs for metro Atlanta. AJC file photo

Roswell calls for state-funded transit study

Noting the possible traffic-easing benefits of an expanded MARTA rail system, the Roswell City Council has called on the state Legislature to authorize and fund a study of transit needs for the metro Atlanta region.

The council passed a resolution recently requesting the study in conjunction with local governments, transit providers and MARTA, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and Georgia Department of Transportation.

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The resolution says MARTA’s expansion “may have a direct effect on congestion mitigation throughout the greater Atlanta metro region,” and that the economic development, safety and health of the public “(are) at risk if all avenues of addressing traffic congestion … are not considered.”

Roswell’s request for a transit study comes as bills to do just that are pending in the General Assembly.

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