By Ed Williams
MARTA has disadvantaged the poor and vulnerable in a time of need. It has been a month since MARTA eliminated and reduced transit service through the Atlanta Metropolitan area, including Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and City of Atlanta. While at the same time, MARTA has sought federal funding to supplement the lost revenue because of the coronavirus. The Atlanta area was awarded 371 million for transit relief.
MARTA is expected to receive a big chunk of the money approximately 300 million. It does not make sense for MARTA to receive federal dollars and still eliminate the bus services for which it sought funding. MARTA eliminated and reduced bus routes while at the same time Governor Kemp has announced the state was re-opening for business.
Ed Williams, Ed.D., is Chair of Concerned Citizens for Effective Government