Power Breakfast: More MARTA cuts, Delta, Coke-CCE, Popeyes, Gulf oil, vacation spending

Red ink is forcing MARTA to make substantially more service cuts, AJC staffer Ariel Hart is reporting.

Rail passengers could wait as much as five minutes longer — and for trains with fewer cars, Hart writes.

All station bathrooms might close, except for Five Points.

And cuts in bus service, including the Braves shuttle, might affect scores of roads.

It’s not just commuters who would feel the pain under the recommendations of a MARTA committee, which tentatively approved the belt-tightening measures Thursday, Hart writes. Under the plan, about 400 of MARTA’s 5,000 employees would lose their jobs.

If the full MARTA board passes the plan at the end of June, the transit agency will drop 41 of its 131 bus routes and cover 482 fewer miles.

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5 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

May 28th, 2010
6:20 am

Bummer. It deserves our support. I ride it every chance I get, which isn’t bery often. The state needs to step up to the plate and expand service, not cut it. I’d like to see a return to the quarter fare and security on every bus and every car of every train.

Morrus

May 28th, 2010
7:29 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Ackshun

May 30th, 2010
10:35 am

You cannot be seriously considered a “major” city without a comprehensive and effective rapid transit system. Local attitudes toward Marta will continue to doom this city to be nothing more than an over blown deep south backwater with an excellent airport and not much else. As Marta service fades the clouds of car exhaust rise. When the station bathrooms close the station stairwells will become open sewers. This is a disgrace and I can’t believe we are letting this happen.

Virginia

May 31st, 2010
10:43 pm

Whatever happened to the bus drivers who were stealing money from the Breeze card system? Will they just get a slap on the wrists? No wonder MARTA is so broke all the time and the passengers who have to depend on it the most-the disabled,elderly, and low-income of any age, race, and sex-will be left stranded while the lucky ones can go back to their cars. Why not use the Lottery system to help pay for public transit like the lottery goes to pay for Pre-K? Or will mismanagement take all that money too in time? Time to replace Ms.Scott with someone who won’t squander the money.

Virginia

May 31st, 2010
10:50 pm

Where will we be able to go to the bathroom? I’m diabetic and often have a long way to go to reach my destination.Am I suppose to go without water just to make sure I don’t have to go at least once? Where will parents go with children? Does MARTA want elderly and disabled people peeing or doing their business on the benches or in the elevators even more so than it’s already done? Another dumb idea by MARTA to punish riders for its lack of management!