Doesn’t Senator Emanuel Jones have enough to deal with in the counties he represents without getting into Clayton’s business?
Jones (who represents parts of Decatur and Henry counties) along with Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus are holding a public meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 3:30 PM to 5 PM in Room 216 of the Capitol building (206 Washington St., S.W., Atlanta) to discuss keeping C-Tran running.
“The shutdown of C-TRAN would have regional consequences, and would likely send federal dollars that could be used for regional transportation projects here, to states such as North Carolina and Florida,” says Jones via the Clayton News-Daily. Too late, since those states already received a huge chunk of the transportation stimulus pie. According to WSBTV, Florida and North Carolina received millions for their high speed rail projects. Thanks to the Georgia DOT, all we’ll get is a measly $750,000 to pay for three (more) feasibility studies and nada to help fund a rail line here, particularly the long awaited Macon to Atlanta commuter rail line that would run through Clayton.
Aside from the governor’s new-found support for a regional sales tax and proposed $300 million public transportation bond, Jones adds that his regions depend on C-Tran, and talks about finding ways to spread the burden of costs for it. Like most counties these days, Clayton is working to get solvent – can we afford to worry about the needs of other counties?
Several “major stakeholders” are invited including our BOC, ITT Technical Institute, Clayton State University, and members of labor organizations and the business community. Will you attend?
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