will the legislature fix marta or will jerry keen (r-disney world) rule the roost?

paging david ralston - fix this

paging david ralston - fix this

longer waits during non-peak times on trains. service modifications to bus routes. whole bus routes cancelled. for me that is the legacy of the 2009 georgia legislative session.

failing to secure an alternate funding measure to ensure marta’s operations glenn richardson and jerry keen let the legislature leave town with a big f-you to atlanta commuters. keen was rumored to have quipped that he was closer to disney world than the city of atlanta (my own feelings on the majority leader can be found here.) in fairness the casey cagle-led georgia senate did pass a bill that would have sustained marta’s operations by removing the onerous reserve restriction on marta’s sales tax funding.

well glenn is gone, although jerry keen is still hanging around, and the reprehensible jill chambers, who actually seems to be anti-public transit is still leading the state marta oversight committee (ask yourself, btw, if the state contributes ZERO dollars to marta’s budget why they have any oversight) but one can hope that the new leadership in the house might consider actually trying to do something to fix marta’s funding.

let’s hope.

the people i ride with every day deserve a world class transit systems from their leaders. at the very least they deserve one not tottering on the brink of bankruptcy every six months. and before you give me the “marta is just run poorly” tripe consider two things; first, marta makes cuts all the time, spends little money on marketing or other bottom line expenses and second, reliably transports a whole lot of commuters with absolutely zero funding from the state.

look i am a libertarian, but this is one thing the government SHOULD do.

so fix it, david ralston. this is your chance to make a break with the past and show us that georgia republicans care about the city of atlanta and its residents.

begging you.

3 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on January 15th, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    I agree, but it’s not hard to understand the positions of the politicians outside of Atlanta. There’s a great deal of resentment about how much money is spent to support the states largest city vs. the amount of money spent in rural Georgia. Personally I believe that MARTA should be placed under state authority which would prevent metro counties from rejecting mass transit and clarify the governments role in funding & control.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on January 15th, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    your points are valid. and i guess i get the rural legislators even though metro atlanta provides most of the tax base they spend. i don’t get the suburban legislators at all who refuse to deal with this.

    then again, marta shouldn’t go under state control until the state and not fulton and dekalb taxpayers and the riders are paying the bills.

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