C-Tran riders leaving Clayton?

While many residents lamented the former police chief’s fate over the holidays, our Board of Commissioners were able to quietly fail to act on a resolution extending bus service.

At $1.50 per ride C-Tran is definitely the cheapest, but not the only form of public transportation available in Clayton county. Riders can still carpool, vanpool or ride the Xpress bus. So if you really enjoy living here there are alternatives, albeit more inconvenient and expensive ones. Hopefully affordable options are being explored for handicap and elderly riders after C-Tran’s demise.

I don’t subscribe to the “public transportation causes crime” theory. Those I know who have broken the law never claimed to use the bus or train as a means of escape. But since many riders have publicly stated that C-Tran isn’t worth a fare increase and federal funding is gone, where’s the money supposed to come from? There aren’t many Clayton residents who will agree to a tax increase for any reason, especially to financially support a bus system losing tons of money as is. 

When C-Tran ends, will you

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C-Tran service ends March 31, at which time the county still has to repay $2.1 million back to the federal government. According to the Clayton neighbor, Chairman Eldrin Bell believes operating this bus service contributes to the county’s economic growth and has stated all along that he will work to find a way to keep C-Tran running.

If you ride C-Tran, will you stay in Clayton county and find another way to get from point A to point B, or will you go elsewhere?

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Vic

January 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

Victor was not a renagade -just a first class jerk. He fancied himself as a player and chased anything with a skirt on. And if he was so sure of himself and his position, why did he feel the need for a bodyguard – a 6ft 6in deputy with him at all times. Do not forget his close ties to Daddy Lee Scott. And how Daddy Scott dropped him like a hot potato when he was kicked out of office.
Many lawsuits are frivolous and meaningless – but especially in Victor’s cases the state and federal entities were in concurrance with the judgements rendered. Thereby costing those of us who do pay taxes – a huge bill of millions, he paid nothing, only his job.
Good riddance – hope he sells a ton of cars. Hey Vic – can you get me a deal?

Heard through the grapevine

January 14th, 2010
9:17 pm

if DC will forgive Marion Barry for smoking crack on camera vic might get a 2nd run

i like to watch

January 15th, 2010
10:11 am

man you forgot the plutocrats!!!

senior citizen

January 15th, 2010
10:22 am

The comparison of Decatur to Clayton County is amusing. Decatur had and has the right mix of people (from government, industry and the citizenry to come together for the common good and turned downtown Decatur from a retail community to a corporate community and then gradually back into a good mix of corporate with an influx of restaurants. Clayton is too full of self-serving, greedy, racially divisive people to ever be able to “come together” for the common good as Decatur did. Decatur saw Marta coming and planned and planned right and now enjoys the fruits of its labor. The old cliche to “change your heart and your mind will follow” could and should have application in Clayton County. Until a lot of hearts are changed any kind of Clayton progress is doomed !!!!!!!!!

Clayton OldSchooler

January 15th, 2010
10:27 am

I would like to point out that Wade Starr was Crandall Bray’s right hand man in the last years that Bray was Chairman. So he learned cronyism and other assorted forms of corruption from the best.

stanthefireman

January 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

I asked the Preaching Lady on Hwy 85/ Bethsaida Rd to prey for Clayton County & BOC :)

Tman

January 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

Clayco. is the example when voting along racial lines doesn’t work. Not only that when the Olympics came, a large majority of the poor from inner city Atlanta moved to Clayco. when their neighborhood was torn down. These are people who do noty get involved with the political process whcih shapes the county. No involvement from those who want to sit back and yell it’s the commissionor it’s the Sherriff it’s whitey. Blah Blah Blah Blame game Clayco.

bigdogears

January 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

One of the problems with ClayCo is that it lacks diversity. Over 95% of the public school students are other than white. Every community needs balance. How much more screwed up would our country be if we had only the Republican Party or only the Democrat Party? For the system to function properly you’ve got to have someone with an opposing point of view! ClayCo hasn’t had balance for awhile and, in my opinion, it has suffered.

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
2:31 pm

Let me start off with there are a lot of dumb, ignorant, and racist folks on these blogs about transit. C-Tran should be saved or MARTA should be brought in. I have never seen so many dumb comments about buses bringing crime in my life. There are just too many world class cities that have transit as their backbone (i.e. NYC, Chicago, Paris, London, Tokyo) and cities still building transit (i.e. Dubai, Shanghai)for all this non sense. For anyone to think that it’s a good idea to use transit to steal ESPECIALLY in this area where buses are running slow as hell (every 30 minutes is slow) is crazy and are just asking to be caught. This is just flat out racism because not every… heck barely no one who rides transit is out to commit a crime. Everyone who rides isn’t poor. My uncle is a lawyer in Philadelphia and makes close too $100K a year and has a nice car and home but takes the PATCO train into downtown Philly and a SEPTA bus to his office Monday thru Friday. It is convienent and better than sitting in traffic.

We don’t have to talk about ATL traffic. We know it’s bad. Transit is just an option. Some have to take it some take it for convienience. Trust those same people you are talking about… the “thugs” and the “baby mommas” aren’t going anywhere. ATL is and will be an area where the car comes first. All this “hoopties” that everyone talks about are cheap. All you are going to have now it the same people causing trouble still riding around and all the people who were atleast trying to work stuck in the county job-less. Now the same dumb asses that said get rid of the transit are now going to have to help pay the unemployment that these people are going to get and now can’t get off of because they don’t have transit. If they can afford a car it is going to be some crappy car and now not only do you have more cars on the road but now you have old beat up cars polluting and just looking terrible on the roads.

Clayton is not all that. The reason people move there is because it is cheap. This is before C-Tran. You don’t see the people leaving the projects with vouchers moving to Buckhead. They go where it is cheap. Clayton complains but it’s the people of that county that voted (or because they didn’t vote allowed) the people that approved all this low income homes built in the 1st place. Nice areas don’t have rented homes but CC sure seems to have a lot. That isn’t poor people just moving in it’s because the people in the area let it get like that. Yeah there are some nice areas in CC just like everywhere but don’t think that C-Tran brought the area down. That has been in the making for years now and CC residents allowed that to happen; the same ones that keep talking about the “good ol’ days” and have been there for ever.

Look at the town of Cary, North Carolina. They started their own bus system, ironically enough also called C-Tran and they have nothing but middle and upper class areas. It’s not the bus system, it’s about the people of that area letting the area get down the way it has. Don’t complain when poor folks move in because it is affordable. CC residents let it get like that and it will continue to be like that because the ones with cars aren’t going no where and now that C-Tran has stopped the ones that were working and trying to be productive are stuck in the county with no where to go…. REAL SMART!

bigdogears

January 15th, 2010
5:42 pm

It is ridiculous to assume that one is racist if he is in favor of being fiscally responsible. We’ve got X amount of revenue in the county budget and X amount of expenses. You can’t expect the residents of ClayCo. that don’t use the bus service to be in favor subsidizing C-Tran. We’re losing millions of dollars each year providing this service and frankly, as a homeowner, I can’t afford it any more.

Heard through the grapevine

January 15th, 2010
10:54 pm

Lets throw eggs at Eldrins House…

Shameless

January 16th, 2010
12:53 am

I’d be ashamed if I’d let pink pluocrats telll me how to govern! Shameless Clayton county government! You deserve what you get!

JIM

January 16th, 2010
12:14 pm

Thats a same…..the BOC run unopposed…whoever puts these pamphlets together should run. You can broadcast teh bad press to the AJC and other newspapers who have a hard on for corruption in Clayton…Lets do this. Lets get these do nothing, no progress, make CC a ghetto dump politicians out of here for good.

Amazing amazing

January 16th, 2010
1:24 pm

Probably the single most amazing thing about the Bell, Starr, Cohilas, and Turner story is that no one has managed to blame John Trotter for it.

jules

January 16th, 2010
3:35 pm

I am going to leave Clayton County and all of it’s crime, grime, and political corruption ! Fulton and Dekalb counties are much better organized and progressive to commuter lifestyles !

What will it take?

January 16th, 2010
5:21 pm

I read the paper being passed out. It was a cheap gutter attempt to discredit members of the Clayton County government officials. We have seen this tactic before against black officials in Clayton. These elected and appointed officials are being maligned. The persons waging this personal vendetta are very unsophisticated and obviously do not understand that the majority of citizens really do support the actions of the Commission in this case.

We Alreay Know

January 16th, 2010
5:30 pm

We already know about your plots to destroy this county, through your propaganda. We don’t need your kind in this county.

What will it take?

January 16th, 2010
5:38 pm

It is disgusting that anyone would dare to compare Wade Starr with that Trotter person. Word up blogger, it will not work this time. Mr. Starr was born and raised in this racist county. Don’t take my word for check out the history of Clayton County yourself. Wade Starr knows the players and where the bodies are buried so to speak. That is why there are those who want him shut down. This commission is fortunate to have him on staff. The citizens of this county of all races will see change in the quality of life. We must realize it will take time and patience to turn Clayton into the kind of place that is good for everyone. don’t let the evil people divide us black against white and black against black. Let’s be smarter than a 5th grader.

JIM

January 16th, 2010
7:46 pm

I really want to believe that Wade and Cohlias will move the county forward…but I need proof…something tangeable.

The Rumor Chasers

January 16th, 2010
8:23 pm

The Rumor Chasers have gone back into hiding once again. Good job everyone !!!