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Old Today, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Where is the business community's contribution to MARTA funding?

Arjay, are you aware of these things called taxes? They're a nifty tool used by governments to recover costs of providing services for the common good, with the general intent to maintain, and even invest to grow overall quality of life.

Now, there are subsets of these that can be tweaked to balance different needs, outcomes, and equities.

If you want the business community to help fund transit expansion beyond the sales taxes associated with, well, sales they and their employees participate in, then you need to work to adjust taxes over all to reflect the new priorities. For example, Georgia's mainly flat income tax could be reworked such that it had actual progressive brackets that demand more from higher income persons. Similarly, Georgia's actually flat corporate income tax could be shifted into a bracketed progressive system. Alternatively, the state's corporate net worth tax brackets could be adjusted as well.

All of these are tools available to the state when wanted to fund any variety of state efforts. It is not MARTA's fault that those tools are not better used. As such, neither MARTA nor transit in general aught to be singled out when your stated concerns could so easily apply to nearly every facet of the state as a whole.

Without a system-wide effort to raise funds, the situation becomes something of a prisoner's dilemma. Where, due to the large costs of effective transit, it's hard for any one company to adequately fund an expansion on their own. If they are the only ones trying to do so, then they're likely just tossing money at an expansion that won't happen, while everyone else saves money by not doing that. So, they don't, because there isn't a large enough effort to make any company's individual contribution relevant. If everyone pitched in, through taxes, then expansions can be built so that everyone benefits.

In the mean time, Gwinnett needs improved transit, and the individual costs are likely offset with the new and improved services to be offered. Particularly since the state exempts many items of necessity from sales taxes, and thus reduce the cost-burden on the poor when buying those things.

Of course, none of that is to say that companies aren't helping where they can. For example, All State paid for their own station improvements to access Buckhead station. Atlantic Station and Ponce City Market both pay for local shuttles to and from MARTA stations. Emory and other local businesses are partially funding the Clifton Corridor, though they couldn't afford to pay for the entire route. Quite a few developers, including the notoriously car-centric Fuqua are actively assisting the BeltLine with its funding, which in turn helps MARTA eventually provide service in that corridor as well. Then there are the developers directly paying MARTA lease for developing on its property, and helping fund bus shelters through add revenue.
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Old Today, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Ponce City Market both pay for local shuttles to and from MARTA stations.
PCM shuttle is only accessible to employees and residents. Why can't AS and PCM use that funding and allocate to MARTA on contract to beef up the existing bus service along that corridor? Because it's cheaper for them to hire non-union contractors to work for low wage.
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Quite a few developers, including the notoriously car-centric Fuqua are actively assisting the BeltLine with its funding
Arjay, eg:
Fuqua is funding the BeltLine extension along his Madison Yards development.
North American Properties are funding the extension from Edgewood Ave to Krog St thru their development.
Both saving ABI funding.

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Old Today, 01:50 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Only accessible to employees and residents. Why can't AS and PCM use that funding and allocate to MARTA on contract to beef up the existing bus service along that corridor? Because it's cheaper for them to hire non-union contractors to work for low wage.
The Atlantic Station shuttle is accessible to the public.
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Old Today, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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The Atlantic Station shuttle is accessible to the public.
My mistake, corrected in post.
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