By the AJC Editorial Board
You’d think the opponents of overreaching, department-of-central-planning-type government who control the Georgia General Assembly would be overjoyed at the chance to cede control of mass transit in the Atlanta region. Especially given the state pays precious little of the cost anyway.
Think again. The final report of the latest task force studying transit governance reaches the same old, tired, Big Brotherish conclusion that the elected leaders and planning professionals of the nation’s ninth-largest metropolis really can’t be trusted to oversee a public transportation system that’s heavily funded by locally raised tax dollars. Nope, the state warrants final say in these matters.
If that conclusion sounds strange, and unacceptable in its current form, it should. For it’s no way to run a railroad or bus line.
There’s a better way, one that will minimize the heavy hand of government intrusiveness while maximizing the chances that this metro’s taxpayers will get the most efficient transportation services possible for each dollar spent.
Then tell us what you think.