• This is the last weekend of early voting for Gwinnett MARTA expansion

    By: Lauren Pozen

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    People in Gwinnett County are heading to the polls to decide if they want to bring MARTA to the county.

    This is the last weekend for early voting on the 1-cent sales tax referendum.

    Channel 2's Lauren Pozen went to a polling place in Norcross on Saturday. Election officials said as of noon, about 20 people had come in to cast their vote on MARTA expansion.

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    A ‘Yes’ vote would first greatly expand bus service, then eventually bring trains out from Doraville to the Interstate 85-Jimmy Carter Boulevard area.

    Opponents think the county can do better themselves and don’t need MARTA taking over, or trains eventually running into Gwinnett County.


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    “Being that there is bad traffic in the area it seemed like an easy vote for yes,” said voter Katherine Bridges.

    “Having a large, an expansive transit system helps all types of people in all sorts of ways out here in the suburbs, it’s a lot easier to get into the city then out of the city with the help of transit,” said Greg Bridges.

    Pozen said she tried finding voters against the proposal but she didn't see them.

    In previous interviews, opponents said there are cheaper local alternatives to MARTA.

    "I think once people see what reasonable alternatives exist and what technology exists, instead of looking back to an 1800s system of rail that failed a long time ago, they'll see there's a better way to do things,” opponent Joe Newton said.

    The last vote to bring MARTA out to Gwinnett County was in the early 90s and failed miserably.

    Early voting continues to Friday, and will end with the special election on March 19.

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