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Metro Atlantans have debated for decades whether to expand commuter rail lines into the suburbs, with many residents outside the city rejecting plans for expansion.

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But another form of public transportation -- bus rapid transit -- has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials.

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A former Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority executive has pleaded guilty to his role in misappropriating funds as part of a false invoice scheme.

U.S. District Attorney John Horn, in a news release Wednesday, said 52-year-old Joseph J. Erves, of Lithonia, entered the plea in federal court. No sentencing date has been set.

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Wednesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

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MARTA is changing 19 bus routes in the west, south and southwest parts of Atlanta starting Saturday, Aug. 5. Ten of the bus routes include segments where the bus will no longer travel through.

Debra Wilburn lives in the Centra Villa Apartments, along a half-mile stretch of road where four bus stops are shutting down on Route 81.

Wilburn is 62 and said the closures could mean a trip to the doctor will take her twice as long because she may have to walk further.