By Beverly A. Scott
Over the last five years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as MARTA’s general manager and CEO. In that role, I’ve been deeply involved in metro Atlanta’s journey to create a truly regional transit network that offers customers an attractive “first choice” that taxpayers and stakeholders can enthusiastically support, rather than a system of “last resort” perennially fighting for its survival.
Obviously, we’re not there yet. But that doesn’t mean we should — or can — afford to give up.
As I end my tenure at MARTA still far short of that elusive goal, I would like to offer my parting observations on how to move forward.
First and foremost, we must avoid being distracted by naysayers and dead-enders. This region’s progress will be determined by its ability to overcome the insidious impacts of race and class that continue to hold it back. Instead of ignoring these issues, they must be addressed squarely, and honestly.
Beyond that, I