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Old 12-18-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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Name one transit agency or state DOT that doesn't have one.
$1 billion for a system that only moves about 220,000 people a day is obscene mismanagement.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: O4W
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Not going to answer the question?
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Don't move the goalposts here please.
Given that a comment had been made about how much more active Texas cities had been in recent years in adding to their transit system rail lines, my comment yesterday pointed out the $3.5 billion that DART in Dallas had received in grants & bond support SINCE 2000 to fund it's rail expansion. During that same post-2000 time frame, MARTA has not received similar boosts of funding via those same methods & has had to rely on sales tax support which can be unreliable & temperamental in times of laggard economic activity.
It's thus no wonder that one system has done rail expansion while the other one has not in that same time frame. $3.5 billion isn't what I'd call chump change. The lack off funding to support anything on beyond basic operating expenses certainly is a valid excuse for "...not doing anything."
Atlanta did it's own MARTA huge rail expansions, like DART's recent ones, when it had access to block grants & other methods of massive funding. When such large blocks of funding dry up, so does rail expansion when you have only an anachronistic method of funding left.
Unfortunately the anti-transit foes in the legislature have a decade plus history of doing nothing to benefit MARTA & for all intents and purposes sat back and enjoyed watching the agency hang out to dry. Fortunately that attitude may be in the midst of a sea change of reassessment toward MARTA at this time.
One of the few brights spots in the legislative election contests a few years ago was the defeat of a northside suburban woman who wielded inordinate power in a committe that largely controlled MARTA. She was a thorn in the side of MARTA & hurt it whenever & however she could. Basically when it came to MARTA she was a nattering nabob of negativism & an odd & unfortunate choice to have controlled her particular committee. Eventually her constituents saw through her, grew tired of her methods & she was practically the only republican to lose an election race in that particular year.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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$1 billion for a system that only moves about 220,000 people a day is obscene mismanagement.
No s**t.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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One of the few brights spots in the legislative election contests a few years ago was the defeat of a northside suburban woman who wielded inordinate power in a committe that largely controlled MARTA. She was a thorn in the side of MARTA & hurt it whenever & however she could. Basically when it came to MARTA she was a nattering nabob of negativism & an odd & unfortunate choice to have controlled her particular committee. Eventually her constituents saw through her, grew tired of her methods & she was practically the only republican to lose an election race in that particular year.
The legendary Jill Chambers.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: ITP - City of Atlanta Proper
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One of the few brights spots in the legislative election contests a few years ago was the defeat of a northside suburban woman who wielded inordinate power in a committe that largely controlled MARTA. She was a thorn in the side of MARTA & hurt it whenever & however she could. Basically when it came to MARTA she was a nattering nabob of negativism & an odd & unfortunate choice to have controlled her particular committee. Eventually her constituents saw through her, grew tired of her methods & she was practically the only republican to lose an election race in that particular year.
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The legendary Jill Chambers.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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LOL! Yes, it does. ^^ The fitting caption there is, "Let them eat cake."
And thanks for supplying her name. I could come only up w/ a "J"
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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$1 billion for a system that only moves about 220,000 people a day is obscene mismanagement.
yet a billion dollars for a 285/400 new interchange is okay? What a waste of my tax dollars.

Toll it and get rid of my gas tax so I can drive the M3 I want in true freedom.
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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$1 billion for a system that only moves about 220,000 people a day is obscene mismanagement.
Said management is gone so what's your issue?
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Old 12-21-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Aside from the $1 billion maintenance backlog...
Obviously its nothing that puts the riders in harm, unlike gdots bridges.
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