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August 3, 2000

Washington - Representative Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA), is pleased to announce the award of a grant to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) from the US Department of Transportation worth over forty-four million dollars.

The award would allow MARTA to continue its extension of the existing North Line from Dunwoody Station through the new Sandy Springs Station and to the new North Springs Station. This grant will also allow MARTA to purchase fifty-six new cars to provide even more much needed service to customers.

"I am very grateful to Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater for helping us to provide the Fourth Congressional District with a means of alternative transportation," said McKinney. "We are one of the fastest growing and most productive areas of the nation and our transportation needs reflect that everyday. This grant will be of great help in meeting those needs," she concluded.

The North Line Extension Project will provide efficient, economical, high-speed mass transit facilities, and services to the fastest growing portion of the Metro Atlanta area and the Perimeter Mall/GA 400 corridor.

The benefits will include savings in travel time, reduced traffic congestion, and improved air quality by diverting trips from the usage of automobiles to mass transit.

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