Early voting begins Monday, February 25, at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center. Beginning on Monday, March 4, you can vote early at every early vote location until Friday, March 15, Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Election Day is March 19.
Connecting to MARTA is the only item on the ballot and voters will be asked to vote yes or no to this question: “Gwinnett County has executed a contract for the provision of transit services, dated as of August 2, 2018. Shall this contract be approved?”
Voting “yes” is a vote to create a new one-penny sales tax to expand MARTA in Gwinnett based on Gwinnett’s plan for transit expansion and its contract with MARTA. The contract includes provisions such as providing control to Gwinnett over funds and spending, requiring funds to be spent to benefit Gwinnett, solidifying Gwinnett’s transit plan, and providing Gwinnett with three seats on the MARTA board.
Voting “no” would prevent expansion of transit options.
Partnering with MARTA to expand access to transit and offer new transit options, such as connecting with the MARTA rail line, are essential to making Gwinnett County a better place to live, work, and raise a family. It will make our lives easier, ensure smarter growth, and make us more competitive with other counties in attracting high-wage jobs. It will offer more independence and inclusion for our seniors and disabled residents. It will offer greater access to education and entertainment which helps keep millennials in Gwinnett.
Every penny. This referendum gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in ourselves. Every penny we raise goes right back into Gwinnett. And because this is a sales tax, 1/3 of the revenues raised will come from people outside of our county that travel through. We get 100% of the benefit at 75% of the cost.
While expanding transit will not completely eliminate traffic, it will offer new opportunities for commuters to get off the road and help our highways work better. Our lanes are already strained to capacity and building new lanes would only serve as a band-aid. Buses and trains can transport many more people quickly and efficiently, which will reduce total number of cars on the road. Thus, allowing everyone to get around Gwinnett faster regardless of how they choose to do so.
MARTA has a much higher capacity to build out new infrastructure than Gwinnett County Transit. It has the highest levels of knowledge and expertise to develop bus rapid transit, light rail and heavy rail in the State of Georgia. It is also essential that the system we develop connect to existing transit infrastructure as efficiently as possible. Working with MARTA will allow us to do that.
Go Gwinnett is a ballot committee registered with the Gwinnett County Board of Elections and the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission with a mission to seek passage of the March 19, 2019, transit referendum. The committee is co-chaired by local businessmen Marlon Allen and Greg Cantrell. The committee also includes Gwinnett civic and business leaders: Chuck Button, Annie Davis Norwood Davis Paige Havens, Gregory Jay, Santiago Marquez, Demetrius Jones, Michael Park, and Michael Sullivan.