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Mark Toro Named To Newly Created Atlanta Regional Transit Board

Mark Toro at Avalon grand opening

One of Atlanta's most iconic developers is getting into transit planning.

North Amercian Properties partner Mark Toro will serve on the state's newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority, called The ATL. Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle appointed Toro as a board member for the agency Friday.

The ATL and its 16-member board will coordinate transit planning and funding throughout the 13-county Atlanta Metro region, including a possible heavy rail expansion for MARTA into Gwinnett County.

Toro has been one of Atlanta's most vocal proponents of transit. With North American Properties, he has developed some of Atlanta's most iconic mixed-use projects, including Avalon in North Fulton County. North American Properties is currently redeveloping Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta, and developing a massive $900M mixed-use project called Revel connected to the Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett County.

Toro was among a host of appointees to The ATL, including Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, Georgia Power Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Sutlive, Russell Landscape co-owner Teddy Russell and outgoing state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, who is retiring from office in January.

“As our state continues to experience record levels of growth, the ATL will strategically expand our public transportation network to accommodate thousands of new passengers, while reducing traffic congestion, strengthening the link between our communities, and spurring future economic growth,” Cagle said in a release.