First this bit of background from the newspaper:
In September, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), which is contracted to operate C-TRAN, reported that the county had underfunded the service by $1.3 million, and threatened to end its contract with the county if it did not meet the shortfall.
In an effort to close the funding gap, the Board of Commissioners has proposed the elimination of routes, the elimination of weekend services, fare increases, possibly doubling the cost of paratransit service, and a six-month, $1.75 surcharge on all one-way travel
At a Wednesday evening public hearing, the chairman of the Clayton County Commission said he thinks a 1 percent, additional sales tax may be the way out, in two senses:
“Once the citizens so provide for us a 1-cent sales tax, I would like to see us get out of the bus business,” Bell added. “That’s MARTA’s business. Let’s get MARTA doing it and make sure they are adequately funded, with adequate oversight.”
DeKalb and Fulton counties have been the only localities willing to be a part of MARTA. Clayton passed on the opportunity decades ago.
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