Gwinnett Chamber supports passage of transit referendum
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved placing a 1 percent sales tax to fund a wide range of transit projects on the Nov. 3 ballot and it has the approval of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. At its August board meeting, the Chamber voted to approved a resolution in support of the upcoming transit referendum. If it passes, implementation of a 30-year, one-cent county sales tax will be used to fund transit expansion and enhancement projects and services in Gwinnett or that benefit Gwinnett. This is a new sales tax created by action of the state legislature in 2018 to fund transit, and the Gwinnett County referendum will be the first one proposed under this new tax.
“Concerning Gwinnett’s economic potential, the development of transportation alternatives is essential for retaining and attracting new and expanded businesses and high-paying jobs,” Gwinnett Chamber President & CEO Nick Masino said in a press release. “The development of a robust transit system gives our county regional connectivity, greater access to top workforce talent, and improved mobility throughout the county where our residents have the enhanced ability to live, learn, work, and play.”
If approved by voters, the Transit Special Purpose Local Option Sales and Use Tax would run for 30 years and fund 82 transit projects, including premium high capacity services bus rapid transit and arterial rapid transit, enhanced and expanded coverage of the county by both local bus and express commuter bus service, on-demand micro-transit, and paratransit service. The proposed transit plan also includes an extension of heavy rail from Doraville to Jimmy Carter Boulevard, subsidies for van pools and transportation network companies, and funds to improve pedestrian connectivity to transit services.