marta service reductions go into effect tomorrow.

dammit.

it’s finally here. the consequences of the state legislature’s failure to act to secure additional funding from marta are finally here. i do very much hope this is not the beginning of a death-spiral where decreased service leads to decreased ridership leading to decreased revenue and repeat.

also, i dream of a day when our leaders realize vibrant public transportation is a key component of a truly world class city, and by extension a prosperous georgia, and that is should exist as a public good not a money-making endeavor and fund it appropriately.

sigh, okay /soapbox.

anyway, marta service cuts are scheduled to begin this saturday, tomorrow, including the elmination of a the #23 and #182 bus routes and cuts in frequency to many bus routes and train service. especially hit will be off-peak train service.

you can check here to see what routes are affected and how.

fortunately for me at least, both of my main bus routes have survived intact for now.

5 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (atl_paul) on August 14th, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    I really want Marta to survive. Sadly, I think some really tough days are ahead however.

    I *could* ride the train to work each day, but my morning commute takes thirty minutes and I find things to keep me entertained in a comfortable (seating and temperature) environment on my hour+ commute home so the idea of spending an hour each way on a Marta train doesn’t really appeal to me much.


  2. james hervey (jeherv) on August 14th, 2009 @ 9:39 am

    i hear ya’ and i can’t blame ya.

    i hate driving so it’s a bonus for me.

    one thing for sure, marta could do more to address quality of experience on the trains by enforcing headphone volume, littering etc.


  3. flannelenigma on August 14th, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    Thank you Sonny and gang. I barely holding back a rant of historic proportions here, so I’ll just stop and say this sucks.


  4. james hervey (jeherv) on August 14th, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    actually sonny is a lot less to blame for this than you might think. he never got a bill to sign.

    the real fault lies with georgia’s worst politician ever, house speaker glenn richardson and his laughable lieutenant jerry keen.

    it reminds me of my favorite rant ever – http://atlanta.metblogs.com/2009/04/10/paging-jerry-keen/


  5. BOHO Moe (mmoebes) on August 14th, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    We’ll see. Having recently gone to Chicago and enjoyed their transportation system, I wish Atlanta could improve theirs.



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