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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a fiscal-year 2022 state budget that includes $6 million for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to support a station renovation project.
The project is designed to improve rail service on the East/West Line and support economic development along the corridor, which stretches from Northwest Atlanta into DeKalb County.
MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker praised state officials for including first line item ever for MARTA in a state budget.
“We believe the FY22 budget and line item for MARTA are a strong start to the new chapter in the story of MARTA and the state," Parker said.
The funding for MARTA’s station project at Bankhead comes from a new source of state revenue, the 50-cent fee on for-hire-ground-transportation trips that the General Assembly established last year, with the intent to direct it to support transit capital projects.
The governor included this new directed funding in the "Trust Fund" legislation, HB 511, creating the Transit Trust Fund as one of 10 trust funds.