Atlanta's Transit Agency In Financial Distress

Faced with a $10 million financial crisis, MARTA is facing an uproar from riders who oppose the agency's cost cutting measures. Now, there is talk of a state bailout for the financially strapped transit authority.
December 21, 2001, 8am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Faced with a $10 million financial crisis, MARTA has proposed to cut 14 regular daily bus routes and 99 Saturday or Sunday bus routes. MARTA also proposes to run trains every 10 minutes instead of every eight minutes and raise the price of discount monthly transit passes. The proposals have met with widespread opposition from riders. Hundreds attended four public hearings this month. The final hearing was Thursday at Atlanta City Hall. Some MARTA board members individually grumble that the state should help fund MARTA, and Gov. Roy Barnes has gone on record opposing the idea. But the passengers are shouting for any solution that keeps buses rolling."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

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Published on Thursday, December 20, 2001 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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