Thursday, March 29th was a big day for both state and federal transportation legislation.
Up against an April 1st deadline for the expiration of the federal transportation legislation the US House and Senate both passed another 90 day extension to the existing legislation. The Senate has passed bipartisan a new two year transportation bill, but the House leadership refused to bring it to the floor. The 3 month extension gives them another chance to try to pass their own bill. The last House bill had many controversial provisions, including ending the dedicated source of transit funding, and was never brought up for a full House vote.
It was also the last day of the Georgia legislative session. The state legislature failed to pass a bill that would lift the restriction on MARTA that allows them to spend only 50% of their sales tax revenue on operations. The current lifting of this provision ends in 2013. Without this change MARTA may be forced to cut service again.