C-Tran bill passes Houses

The Georgia House gave final approval Thursday to legislation allowing Clayton County residents to vote on paying an additional 1 percent sales tax to fund C-Tran, the county’s mass transit system. House Bill 1393 raises the cap on the sales tax counties can levy. It also extends the exemption from motor fuel taxes for public transit for another two years.

The measure sets up the possibility of an imminent sales tax vote in Clayton County.  However, the transit measure would have to be green-lighted by the Clayton County commission, which voted 4-1 to cancel its bus service in the first place.  The commission’s vice chairman, Wole Ralph, has said that he has concerns about such a referendum, and whether county tax money would be used to bail out cash-strapped MARTA.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam (D-Riverdale), said passage of the bill opens up a way to “a quality and affordable public transportation system for the people of Clayton County.”

The next step, she said, will be educating residents about having a referendum on the matter. The referendum would be held during the July primary election, she said.

18 comments Add your comment

professional skeptic

April 29th, 2010
5:50 pm

The referendum should be to opt into MARTA, not to resurrect a defunct failure of a transit program. If Clayton were to joint MARTA, they’d have legitimate representation on the MARTA board and have a voice in governing the regional transit system that MARTA was always meant to be.

say what?

April 29th, 2010
6:39 pm

NO MARTA NO C-Tran please!

Diane

April 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

Why is the heck wasn’t this offered a long time ago. Clayton County is getting so backwards. I wouldn’t be surprise if Clayton County is not just cut off from the rest of America not just Atlanta.

legalangel

April 29th, 2010
6:44 pm

GRTA tried to get funding for the C-Tran riders for express buses to the MARTA stations, but was turned down. We don’t need more taxes.

django

April 29th, 2010
7:35 pm

Bravo Abdul Salaam…well done…now lets see if your constituents will support you

professional skeptic

April 29th, 2010
7:37 pm

MARTA Airport Station has been located within Clayton County for years and years, and it hasn’t done any harm to Clayton whatsoever.

If you build more stations further down inside the county, near your largest town centers or local attractions, more of us might be inclined to visit. I know! How about Farmer’s Market Station? (YES PLEASE!)

Guess it’s up to the voters…

Clayton County Resident before C-Tran

April 29th, 2010
11:36 pm

As a resident of Clayton County before C-Tran, I can say that the bus system has played a significant role in the decline of the county. The closings of the public housing in the city of Atlanta sent a lot of people who have no sense of respnsibility. No respect for the property of others and a world of unsupervised youth. I feel for the elderly who had to suffer from the loss of C-Tran, but those who live off the system or who are constant visitors of the system……I regret the bus is being restored. I was here before the bus system and the madness…….and we had a community where you didn’t fear walking to your mailbox in the middle of the day. Ask those of us who were here before C-tran about this bus system, I asure you……we didn’t need it, nor do we want it.

Progressive African American

April 30th, 2010
7:44 am

I pray that C-TRAN will not make the vote.

I am not against public transportation, however Clayton COunty needs the demographics to change from those who ‘completely’ rely on it to those who would use it as another form of transportation.

The people of Clayton are outraged!

professional skeptic

April 30th, 2010
8:39 am

PAA: In response I would suggest build rail stations. I’m writing this from a MARTA train right now in order to avoid 15 miles of awful traffic.

atlin83

April 30th, 2010
11:40 am

C-Tran started years after the public housing closures and your alleged relocations. God forbid that the displaced poor should have a way to find work, get to jobs, go to school, or get around otherwise (to church, family, friends, the grocery, etc).

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 30th, 2010
1:51 pm

I totally agree with professional skeptic about Clayton joining the MARTA territory. The extension of firm rail train service down into the county would lead to economic development opportunities that might eventually surpass those of Cobb and Gwinnett — especially as metro Atlanta traffic becomes less and less tolerable. And it might give MARTA the chance to receive some of the federal funding that is going to other cities for public transportation development. But, sadly for the city, such foresight is rare at the suburban and state levels.

Clayton Co. is better w/o a bus line!

April 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

Since C-Tran has stopped, there has been less trash on South Point Pkwy, less foot traffic, and traffic flows much better. I’m a homeowner and don’t want to pay for a bus service that I don’t want!
I will vote H@#^ NO.

Bryan

April 30th, 2010
6:20 pm

Seems like the only people saying no to C-Tran and MARTA are the few that come on this blog. A bus service is not going to make a county decline. It is the people of that county that let it get that way. You elected the fools that let the residents of ATL project come to the county because they wanted the money from the vouchers. They let them concentrate in your county and the voters let it happen. Now when there is a need for transit people don’t want to support it because they don’t want to pay for it. One way or the other transit, bus and rail, will be in that county along with Cobb and Gwinett. Too many people want to come to the ATL area. You can’t sit and 6 lane roads and 10 lane hwys. If you didn’t notice most new developments are being built to be walkable and support transit. They are dense and go upward not outward and limit parking. So for those who do drive it is a nightmare and is easier just to hope a MARTA train there. Wonder why there is no new nice commercial development in Clayton. No transit. Wonder why the area always gets passed over or limited money for roads. No strong support for transit. Like it or not if you don’t support transit you won’t get money for other things. You won’t get more nice housing and development and revitalization for areas that are blightened. Look around most of MARTA’s train stations. All you see are new condos and housing and development. Wake Up Clayton!

Ronald

May 24th, 2010
12:40 pm

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Jay

May 26th, 2010
2:00 am

I am a long time resident of clayton county,before c-tran was a thought. I recently lost most of my vision and can;t drive. With 2 vehicles registered and insured, I don’t have transportation to get back and forth to work..I was one to say “NO’ to c-trans….my opinion has changed…

The Bus Operator

May 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

Many of you all who are bashing the bus service, need to bash the county commissioners, whom have a lack of intelligence, knowledge, and have a mind of their own.these 4 commissioners let a peion, Director of Maint. over the county , coerse them into voting against this service this has long since been planned to get rid of the service, a year after it started, Eldrin bell has lost power by not havin the Guts to stand up to these commissioners, if you really want to know were spending is going check out their acceptance of funds from different organizations this will tell you who is getting paid to shut up

Ms. Gay

July 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

Ditto, I agree with the bus opeator. We do need this busline. Clayton County is huge and still growing. People depend on this busline. Everyone do not have the luxury of purchasing a vehicle or even finding someone to carpool with. It’s even difficult to get to the GRTA Xpress bus without a vehicle. It’s approx a mile for me to get to the Xpress bus. They need to make a decision quick.

Hayward graham

August 18th, 2010
3:13 am

I agree with ms. Gay the bus line is needed. Tell this why that ppl votein against clayton county we got family to feed jobs to go to come on ppl