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Old 01-31-2012, 09:41 PM
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Maria Saporta's article hammers the recommendations of the Transit Governance Task Force:

How disappointing.

After months and months of study, the Transit Governance Task Force has come up with recommendations that are unacceptable — especially for residents in Fulton and DeKalb counties who have been investing in MARTA for the past four decades.

One of the most insulting elements of the proposed legislation could be described as blackmail.

To free MARTA from the state-imposed restriction that 50 percent of its revenues be spent on capital and 50 percent be spent on operations, MARTA basically would have to turn over most of its authorities to the newly-created Transit Governance Council. For the record, no other transit agency in the nation is saddled with such an unworkable rule.

MARTA represents a $6 billion investment in our region. Why should MARTA turn over its Constitutional powers to a state-controlled entity and give up its designation as the transit authority that can receive federal funding in the region.


The state draft legislation calls for the commission chairs for 13 counties as well as one mayor from each county would serve on the council. The mayor of Atlanta also would have a seat at the table. (For the record, most of the remaining members would be appointed by state officials).

That means that Fulton County (with a population of 1.01 million) and DeKalb County (with a population of 740,000) would have the same representation as Douglas County (with a population of 92,174). Now is that fair?

Full article....Flawed transit governance proposal unfair to MARTA counties and Atlanta region | SaportaReport
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:15 AM
Location: Kirkwood
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The state of Georgia has no right in telling a mass transit agency that it does not fund how to operate. If the state wants to throw some money our way then they have a say, but until then all them good ole boys need to stick to their pick-up trucks an leave our mass transit alone.
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