MARTA expansion vote next year in Gwinnett County

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The future of MARTA in Gwinnett County has started to take shape. 

In a four to one vote at a special meeting Wednesday morning, Gwinnett County commissioners approved entering into a contract with MARTA to provide transit service for the county. Now, it's up to Gwinnett County voters. If they approve the contract, the county would start a 1 percent sales tax in July of next year to help pay for it. 

MARTA would take over operation of Gwinnett County's current bus system and work to expand and improve bus service before moving to larger infrastructure projects like possible rail. 

Many community members at Wednesday's meeting said they look forward to Gwinnett moving forward with transit options, but they don't understand why the issue won't be on the ballot in November. Commissioners instead voted to put the referendum to a special vote in March of 2019.