Transit Review Committee
Learn the facts about Gwinnett transit plan for November referendum
This November, Gwinnett residents will have the opportunity to invest in 82 major transit and infrastructure projects using a one-percent transit sales tax. Compared to previous plans, the Gwinnett Transit Plan funds more transportation choices and delivers them sooner, while giving Gwinnett County local control of funding, design, construction and operation of the transit system.
More impact. The Gwinnett Transit Plan enables transit service and infrastructure additions that positively impact more Gwinnett residents. As Gwinnett continues to experience rapid growth, this transit plan offers solutions to help address the challenges growth brings, particularly on roadways.
More options, delivered sooner. Critical portions of premium, high-capacity transit services – like bus rapid transit and arterial rapid transit – will be completed in the first 10 years of the Gwinnett Transit Plan. New microtransit and paratransit services, along with expanded bus, bike and pedestrian networks, will enhance transportation options across the county.
More connections to more jobs, now and in the future. Expanded commuter bus, vanpool and paratransit systems, plus added park-and-ride lots serving nearly every Gwinnett city, connect the county to major employment centers in Downtown/Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Perimeter, Emory/CDC, and Athens. These routes are further supplemented by new all-day service that provides access to park-and-ride lots from three MARTA rail stations.
Local control, putting Gwinnett County in charge of Gwinnett transit. The Gwinnett Transit Plan puts the county in control of its transit planning, funding, projects and services. The one-percent sales tax benefits Gwinnett to pay for local transit projects, with the assistance of federal and state dollars plus funds collected from fares. Only the rail line connecting Gwinnett’s new Multimodal Hub at Jimmy Carter Boulevard to MARTA’s Doraville Station will be operated by MARTA.
For more information about the transit plan and it would mean for the future of Gwinnett County, visit GwinnettTransitPlan.com.
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Gwinnett County Transit Review Committee
What is the Transit Review Committee?
With Gwinnett County expected to continue rapid growth through 2040 and beyond, the need for a robust transit system will only become more critical. The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on September 3, 2019 creating the Gwinnett County Transit Review Committee, a group of 13 citizens who helped advise the Board on how to proceed in expanding transit in Gwinnett County to meet future demand. The committee was tasked with conducting a thoughtful and thorough review of Gwinnett’s transit needs and the options for addressing those needs. The committee presented a written report with recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on January 31, 2020.
The committee was formed following a transit contract referendum in March 2019 in which voters did not approve a contract with MARTA to operate Gwinnett’s transit system and a 38-year, one-percent sales tax to implement the Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan. The Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan detailed significant, short- and long-term expansion of transit in Gwinnett, including using various types of transit, adding more routes, and identifying funding sources.
As part of their review, the Transit Review Committee members took a fresh look at the Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan. The committee analyzed current and projected transit needs based on projected population and employment and the feasibility of various types of transit. The committee also considered options suggested by the public during the referendum process.
The final report included information that presents the scope of the committee’s work and the basis of its recommendations, such as infrastructure needs, feasibility of proposed approaches, quality of life, and potential economic benefits and impacts.
The Transit Review Committee will held 11 meetings, which were open to the public.
Appointments to the committee were made by each member of the Board of Commissioners and by organizations representing a range of interests and perspectives.
- 5 members representing the Board of Commissioners, with each Commissioner having one appointment
- 1 member representing seniors, to be appointed by the Gwinnett Council for Seniors
- 1 member representing young adults, to be appointed by the Georgia Gwinnett College Student Council
- 1 member representing the paratransit consumer community, to be appointed by the Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board
- 1 member representing the non-profit sector, to be appointed by the Coalition for Health and Human Services
- 1 member representing employers, to be appointed by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
- 1 member representing Gwinnett’s young professionals, to be appointed by the Gwinnett Young Professionals organization
- 1 member representing Gwinnett’s civic organizations, to be appointed by Leadership Gwinnett Alumni
- 1 member representing Gwinnett’s cities, to be appointed by the Gwinnett Municipal Association
To see the list of members, click here.
Gwinnett County Transit Review Committee Meeting Schedule
Materials from the meetings are available to the public by clicking here. For meeting schedules and locations as well as agendas and minutes, click here. To view the TRC’s final recommendations and the appendix, click here.