Some DeKalb County residents want more of their tax dollars invested in public transit.

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts recently asked the Atlanta Regional Roundtable to add $10 million for an assessment of a transit line in north DeKalb to a list of $6.1 billion in regional transportation projects that could be funded with a penny sales tax.

The $10 million is needed to complete the environmental assessment of a transit line to parallel I-285 from Dunwoody to Doraville. Perimeter CIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams said the line could start as a trolley or bus service and eventually become light rail.

Other proposed/discussed DeKalb transportation projects include a MARTA line along I-20 East in south DeKalb; a MARTA line from Doraville to the Perimeter and improvements to/extensions of Panola Road from Thompson Mill Road to US 278 (Covington Highway), Hayden Quarry Road/Sigman Road Extension from Turner Hill Road to I‐20 East, North Druid Hills Road from SR 13 (Buford Highway) to US 29 (Lawrenceville Highway), Clifton Road at CSX Railroad (Bridge Replacement), and I‐85 North at I‐285 Interchange. The list of projects will be finalized this week and the sales tax goes before voters in the region next year.

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