An amended version of a bill that will attempt to expand transit options for rural Georgians was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives last week. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, House Bill 511 would seek to streamline the state agencies that oversee transit options, allocate sales tax from rideshares to transit projects and create pilot programs to help rural Georgians gain access to transportation options. Tanner was appointed chairman of the newly created House Commission on Transit Governance in Funding in 2017, and the commission met 10 times over a year and a half, working to identify ways to remove transportation barriers in the state. Last year Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that focused on expanding transit in metro Atlanta, a bill also sponsored by Tanner.