Gwinnett voters rejected the MARTA Contract in the March 19, 2019 Referendum. With 100 percent of the precinct reporting, the measure was defeated with 54.32 percent voting No and 45.68 percent voting to approve it. There were 49,936 No votes and 41,985 Yes votes cast for a total of just 91,921. These results are unofficial at this time.
Georgia Rep. Brett Harrel (R-Snellville), who had been a vocal opponent of the measure, said he was pleased with the outcome.
“The citizens of Gwinnett recognized tonight that we can do so much better,” Harrell said. “HB 930 provides a Gwinnett centric way forward with robust public transit options such as managed lanes, bus rapid transit, on-call door-to-door services and more. By redirecting the over $1 billion planned for heavy rail to these innovative, flexible public transit alternatives that will actually reduce congestion and improve mobility, all of Gwinnett will benefit.”
If approved, the plan would have eventually extended MARTA rail transit and the bus service into parts of Gwinnett, including Norcross, Duluth and at some point rail possibly into downtown Lawrenceville. There also were plans for a new park-and-ride and Express bus service into Loganville.
However, at least for the time being, Gwinnett will continue to work on its own transit plans,