In a poll last year, 63 percent of Gwinnett County residents expressed interest in bringing MARTA service to the county. But despite those numbers, government officials felt wary of putting the issue up for vote, in fear a failure could derail plans in the near future. But now, a legislator from Duluth, Rep. Pedro Marin, is hoping to push a measure through the General Assembly that could pave the way for expansion of transit into the county. However, it's far from a straightforward process.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that House Resolution 1033 requests that the Gwinnett County Commission hold community meetings over the next few months to gauge public interest. If the interest is there, the Resolution goes on to request that the county put the issue on the ballot come November to actually begin the process.
Marin notes that, despite support, not everyone in Gwinnett is on board. He acknowledges that the major divide is between rural parts of the sprawling county and the more densely packed areas nearer to Atlanta. But despite the detractors, Marin tells the ABC, "My constituents need it badly."
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