Power Breakfast: Brace for MARTA cuts, Deal finances, Ga. 400 toll, Blockbuster, Beazer, carbon emissions

It’s not what we need right now, but it’s what we’re getting — more MARTA cuts because of a financial crunch.

Will we ever effectively deal with traffic congestion here?

Across the metro area, people who depend on MARTA are bracing, as the agency on Saturday puts the knife to 10 percent of bus service and 14 percent of rail service, AJC staffer Ariel Hart reports.

Of MARTA’s 142,000 daily passengers, the agency estimates 14 percent won’t be in easy walking distance anymore, Hart writes.

The cuts include:

– A total of 2,700 out of 11,500 bus stops will be eliminated.

– Passengers will no longer be able to ride the train before 6 a.m. on weekends.

– Shorter hours for customer service offices, bathrooms, information booths, lost and found, and a host of other services.

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7 comments Add your comment

bobby coleman

September 24th, 2010
7:32 am

can anyone look anyone else in the eye and say the toll on 400 should stay? with excess $$, and costs of all things everywhere going up up up, how can any of these guys, including the former mayer sam tell me or any member of the public that this is not another tax, or fee as former icon zell used to call them.
we have short memories, and shorter attention spans, and they know it.


September 24th, 2010
8:33 am

The toll will stay because politicians know people won’t say/do anything to oppose it. They can do what they want because we don’t hold them accountable for results and financial responsibility.

Instead, they see a opportunity to get over on us and they’ll take it. This is what happens when you don’t vote at every election. Voter apathy is the reason Georgia is a mess.


September 24th, 2010
10:23 am

You have more than $280 million being wasted on a longer, expensive, environmentally destructive road in Bartow County (the 411 Connector), just the shorter, cheaper, alternate route that costs $98 million. Saves the state $182 million has significantly less environmental hurdles. Details about the issue – http://www.coalitionfortherightroad.org


September 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

This is a prime example of why the people do not trust their government.

They break the public trust without authority.

They lie.

San Diego stopped the toll on the bridge out to Coronado island when it was paid off


September 25th, 2010
10:49 am

People b1tch about tolls and paying for taxes for infrastructure and then they b1tch about how tough their commute is…grow up people…transportation isn’t cheap, so if you want an integrated, efficient transportation system pony up the money.

If you are not willing to pay for infrastructure costs, move to some rural area where you can drive your suv on dirt roads and not see a neighbor for miles and you live on septic tank.


September 25th, 2010
2:22 pm



September 27th, 2010
9:29 am


The toll still exists because there are improvements needed to be done on GA 400 that need to be paid for. For example, a ramp from GA 400 South to I-85 South needs to be built to releive congestion on Sidney Marcus Blvd and Piedmont Rd. In addition, the road needs to be maintained, and since tax revenues are down, the toll needs to stay in force.

Think of it this way: It’s like you being a parent and you have to cut expenses in one place to pay for other essential expenses. Say as a parent you have two teenagers each getting a $10 per week allowance. Then, the price of groceries go up. You start brown bagging lunch and making your own coffee at work. It’s not enough to make up for the increase, so you have to cut the kids’ allowance. The kids will have a tantrum, but they’ll still eat.

I really don’t think SRTA lied to us. It’s just economics. However, I don’t agree with increasing the toll to $1.00 for those who pay cash.